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CIVL8009 - Foundation Engineering

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Title:Foundation Engineering
Long Title:Foundation Engineering
Module Code:CIVL8009
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: DAVID CADOGAN
Module Description: The module focuses on the analysis and design of foundations, including the evaluation of foundation capacities and the selection of appropriate foundation solutions for construction.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Derive solutions for problems in soils related to bearing capacity and settlement
LO2 Design shallow foundations for structures
LO3 Develop solutions to problems of pile foundation design
LO4 Assess, evaluate and design foundation options in special conditions
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
General Principles of Foundations
Function of foundations. General design procedure. Causes of settlement. Undrained and drained cases. Immediate settlement and consolidation settlement. Total and differential settlements
Bearing Capacity of Soils
Definitions of bearing capacity and presumed values. Empirical design approaches. Bearing capacity factors for granular and cohesive soils. Plate bearing, standard penetration and cone penetration tests and correlations for design purposes
Shallow Foundations
Types of shallow foundations. Allowable bearing pressures. Design approaches
Piled Foundations
General descriptions. Design of piles and pile groups by empirical methods and in-situ test methods. Pile caps. Test loading of piles
Foundations in Special Conditions
Foundations on fill and rock. Cavities, subsidence and water movement
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Categorisation of soil conditions and the application to design of shallow and deep foundations 2,4 15.0 Week 7
Other Design of shallow foundations and pile foundations 1,2,3 15.0 Week 9
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Problem solving and assessment 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of lecture material and preparation for tutorial 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Problem solving and assessment 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of lecture material and preparation for tutorial 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Braja M. Das and Nagaratnam Sivakugan 2019, Principles of Foundation Engineering, 9th Ed. Ed., Cengage [ISBN: 9781337705035]
  • Michael J Tomlinson and John Woodward 2014, Pile Design and Construction Practice, 6th Ed. Ed., Taylor & Francis (CRC Press) London [ISBN: 9781466592636]
  • M.J. Tomlinson 2001, Foundation Design and Construction, 7th Ed. Ed., Pearson London [ISBN: 9780130311801]
  • R Whitlow 2000, Basic Soil Mechanics, 4th Ed. Ed., Prentice Hall London [ISBN: 9780582381094]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ruwan Rajapakse 2016, Pile Design and Construction Rules of Thumb, 2nd Ed. Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann Elsevier [ISBN: 9780128042021]
  • NSAI 2010, I.S. EN 1997-2:2007 Geotechnical design. Ground investigation and testing, NSAI [ISBN: 9780580718724]
  • NSAI 2009, I.S. EN 1997-1:2005 Geotechnical design. General rules, NSAI [ISBN: 9780580671067]
  • Andrew Bond 2008, Decoding Eurocode 7, 1st Ed. Ed., Taylor and Francis (CRC Press) London [ISBN: 9780415409483]
  • Trevor Orr 2007, Geotechnical Design to Eurocode 7, 2nd Ed. Ed., Springer [ISBN: 9781447108030]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CSTRU_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering 7 Mandatory
CR_CCEEE_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 7 Mandatory
CR_CSTEN_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 7 Mandatory

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