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CIVL6454: Rock Engineering

2024 unit information

Objectives: to develop an understanding of the behaviour and design of engineering structures in rock masses. Outcomes: Students will have learnt how to classify and characterise rocks and rock masses for engineering purposes and developed an understanding of basic rock mechanics, etc. Syllabus summary: Introduction to rock mechanics and rock engineering. Index properties and engineering characterisation of rocks and rock masses. Planes of weakness in rock masses. Rock material strength and rock mass strength. Rock deformability. In situ stress conditions in rock masses. Underground openings. Rock slopes.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Civil Engineering

Code CIVL6454
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Undergraduate geology and soil mechanics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply a team approach to scientific and engineering investigation and the process of learning
  • LO2. Practice a sense of responsibility and independence as a learner that will guide ongoing professional development and civil engineering practice
  • LO3. Find and analyse information using skills in computer-aided design, numeracy and data handling
  • LO4. Demonstrate enhanced skills in written, oral and interpersonal communication
  • LO5. Perform analyses on raw data collected for a rock mass and apply this data to the solution of problems such as the design of slopes, tunnels, and foundations on rock
  • LO6. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and language of geology and rock engineering, as well as identify and name common rock types and common geological defects
  • LO7. Develop a representative geological model of the important characteristics presented by a variety of geological environments and rock types, as well as interpret geological maps, geological cross-sections and rock-core logs, in the context of the built environment, construction and engineered structures.
  • LO8. Analyse and interpret the mechanical behaviour of rocks under various stress and strain conditions, applying principles of rock mechanics for engineering solutions

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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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