Foundation Engineering (CIVL5452)
UNIT OF STUDY
The objectives of this unit are to gain an understanding of the design process in foundation engineering, to understand the importance of site investigation and field testing, and to learn how to deal with uncertainty. To achieve these objectives students are asked to design foundations using real data. Students will develop the ability to interpret the results of a site investigation; to use laboratory and field data to design simple foundations; develop an appreciation of the interaction between the soil, foundation system and the supported structure. The syllabus is comprised of field testing, site characterisation, interpretation of field data, design of pile raft and surface footings, support of excavations, soil improvement, and geotechnical report writing.
Our courses that offer this unit of study
- Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture
- Graduate Certificate in Engineering
- Graduate Diploma in Engineering
- Master of Engineering (Automation and Manufacturing Systems)
- Master of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Fluids Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Geomechanical Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Power Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Sustainability and Environmental Engineering)
- Master of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering)
- Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)
- Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical)
Further unit of study information
Lectures 3 hrs per week, presented in 2 sessions per week for 11 weeks of semester. Tutorials 1hr per week.
Through semester assessment (100%)
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
CIVL2410 AND CIVL3411. Students are assumed to have a good knowledge of fundamental soil mechanics, which is covered in the courses of soil mechanics (settlement, water flow, soil strength) and foundation engineering (soil models, stability analyses; slope stability; retaining walls; foundation capacity)
Study this unit outside a degree
If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.
If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.