Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)


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About the Course

Soil Mechanics and Ground Characterisations

An introduction to the engineering properties of soils and rocks.

This course provides the basic skills and knowledge needed by engineering geologists or geotechnical engineers.

You'll find out about the range of exploration and testing techniques used by geotechnical engineers. You'll carry out standard laboratory practicals in soil and rock description and classification.

We'll introduce you to materials and structures found in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. You'll develop an understanding of their engineering behaviour and properties. You'll understand their impact on geotechnical design case studies.

You'll find out about the design and philosophy of geotechnical site investigations. You'll discover why these are relevant to geotechnical design.

We'll show you how to organise a desk study and site reconnaissance to assemble data. This will allow you to design a ground investigation and construct an engineering ground model.

You'll find out about risk assessment and methods in the context of ground investigations.

We'll introduce you to critical state theory. You'll learn some of the numerical and physical modelling techniques used in geotechnical design.

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

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Objectives and Outline

Soil Mechanics and Ground Characterisations

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you'll understand:

  • the basic engineering properties of soils
  • the procedures for standard testing of soils to determine the stiffness, strength, and compressibility
  • the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of ground engineering in designing a ground investigation

You'll be able to carry out calculations involving:

  • the physical descriptors of soils, including density, water content, void ratio, degree of saturation
  • one and two-dimensional steady-state flow, including drawing of flow nets and estimation of rate of flow, pore water pressures

You'll be able to:

  • describe the principles of effective stress
  • calculate in-situ stresses for soil profiles
  • predict settlement, and rates of settlement, of a structure

You'll understand:

  • risk assessment
  • GI design principles
  • site reconnaissance information
  • the shear strength of soils

You'll develop skills in:

  • the selection and use of design parameters for engineering soils
  • compiling data from various sources to produce a fully costed proposal for a ground investigation
  • carrying out simple geotechnical design calculations

You'll be able to combine your new-found skills and knowledge to aid in the development of a ground model. You'll be able to apply the concepts of design to geotechnical structures.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to ground investigation and objectives
  • Desk study
    • site reconnaissance, requirements, and legislation including contaminated land
    • design of a ground investigation
  • Exploration techniques
    • shallow and deep exploration techniques
    • sampling techniques: in situ tests, field permeability tests, geophysical tests, and pressuremeter test
  • Laboratory testing and fundamental principles
    • basic characteristics of soils and rocks, laboratory sampling, particle size and shape distribution
    • permeability, consolidation and shear strength
    • standard soil testing procedures, including determination of Atterberg Limits, PSD, permeability, shear strength parameters, compaction and consolidation properties
  • Reporting and ground models
    • factual and interpretative reporting
    • bill of quantities, risk assessment, development of a ground model
  • Application
    • effective stress
    • seepage of water and flow nets
    • calculation of settlement
    • introduction to critical state theory
    • introduction to physical and numerical modelling Ground investigation in Contaminated Land environments, requirements, and legislation
Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Further Information

Soil Mechanics and Ground Characterisations

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8210) 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

Soil Mechanics and Ground Characterisations

Presenters

Newcastle University

Fees

Soil Mechanics and Ground Characterisations

Fees

  • Soil Mechanics and Ground Characterisations
    • £2235 (duration 10 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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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.