Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice

Learn the theory of and how to design geotechnical site investigations. An introduction to legislation elements incorporating contaminated land.

You'll learn:

  • about the range of exploration and testing techniques available to geotechnical engineers
  • how investigations are planned
  • how the results of investigations relate to the design process.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course dates
  • Monday 29 October - Friday 2 November 2018 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed

Objectives and Outline

Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished the course, you'll have developed knowledge and understanding of:

  • essential facts, concepts, theories, and principles of ground engineering in designing a ground investigation
  • risk assessment, design principles, desk studies, site reconnaissance, and investigation design

You'll be able to:

  • compile data from various sources to produce a fully costed proposal for a ground investigation
  • organise a desk study and site reconnaissance to assemble data to design a ground investigation
  • understand risk assessment and methods in the context of ground investigations

Course Outline

Philosophy and Design, What is ground investigation, Reasons for ground investigation, The objectives, The design process, The requirements, legislation, desk study, Site reconnaissance, Design of a ground investigation; Field Operations, Philosophy, Shallow Exploration Techniques, Medium Exploration Techniques, Deep Exploration Techniques, Sampling, Other In Situ Tests, Field Permeability Tests, Geophysical Tests, Laboratory Tests, Classification Tests, Strength Tests, Lab Permeability, Deformation, Soil Behaviour and its relation to soil testing; Factual and Interpretative Reporting, Definitions, Test Schedule Method Statements, Factual Report, Interpretative Report, Bill of Quantities, Risk Assessment.

Course dates
  • Monday 29 October - Friday 2 November 2018 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed

Further Information

Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice

Prerequisites

Course content

To attend the course, you should have knowledge/experience equivalent to the content of the following Modules:

Prerequisite knowledge

To attend the course, you should have a reasonable level of knowledge of the following topics:

  • A suitable undergraduate degree qualification in an engineering, geosciences or geological field.

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8202) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice

Presenters

Newcastle University
Industry Professionals
  • To be confirmed

Fees

Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice

Fees

  • Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice
    • £1325 (duration 5 days)

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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