CEG8204 : Ground Improvement Techniques
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Vasilis Sarhosis
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce students to the concepts underpinning a range of ground improvement techniques and an appreciation of how these techniques are applied in practice.
The module will provide an introduction to a range of ground improvement techniques; the principles behind how the techniques 'work', for which soils they are appropriate and how they are installed or constructed. Where relevant, the principles of design are introduced.
Outline Of Syllabus
Mechanical methods (compaction, explosives, vibroflotation, vibroreplacement). Hydraulic methods (groundwater lowering, preloading, electro-osmosis). Physical/chemical methods (admixtures, grouting, freezing). Inclusions (geosynthetics, reinforcements).
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||0:30||11:00||Revision for exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||2:00||4:00||Laboratory classes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||4:00||4:00||Field visit - occurs only if there is suitable site close by and therefore varies year on year.|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||2:00||2:00||Group learning|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||55:00||55:00||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Underpinning concepts are explained in lectures. Examples of applications of the techniques provided by industry speakers augmented by videos. Presentations and worked examples help students identify appropriate techniques for different situations. Visiting speakers from industry will provide practical relevance and case study examples of a selection of the techniques; laboratory classes and/or field visit(s) will reinforce principles of operation and/or design and installation methods.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||1||A||100||Unseen written examination|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The exam covers the complete syllabus in section 1, which is compulsory and is intended to assess the understanding of the principles behind all the methods covered in the syllabus. A choice is offered in section 2 and includes open ended questions in which the student has to identify the problems and select suitable ground engineering techniques to provide a rational solution thus demonstrating ability to select appropriate method(s) for a select soil type(s).