Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

The Geotechnical Engineering specialisation will provide you with the essential technical skills and knowledge related to geotechnical engineering, including the design of foundations, computer modelling, and environmental geotechnics.

Geotechnical engineers examine the soil and rock layers that make up the earth in order to determine their physical and chemical properties so that they can design foundations and earthworks structures for buildings, roads, and many other types of projects.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Geotechnical Engineering

Students complete 18 credit points to achieve this specialisation.
Students complete 6 credit points from the following:
CIVL3411
Geotechnical Engineering
6    A CIVL2410
Semester 2
Students complete 12 credit points from the following:
CIVL5351
Geoenvironmental Engineering
6      Semester 2
CIVL5452
Foundation Engineering
6    A [CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410] AND [CIVL3411 OR CIVL9411]. 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)
N CIVL6452
Semester 1
CIVL5453
Geotechnical Hazards
6    A (CIVL2410 AND CIVL3411) OR (CIVL9410 AND CIVL9411). 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).
Semester 2
CIVL5458
Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
6      Semester 1
CIVL5460
Particle Mechanics for Geotechnics
6      Semester 1
CIVL5999
Advanced Research and Analysis
6    A (CIVL2201 OR CIVL9201) AND (CIVL2611 OR CIVL9611) AND (CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410)
Semester 1
Units taken for the specialisation will also count toward requirements of the Civil stream.