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CIV2403 Geology and Geomechanics

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or CIV1500 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN or GEPR


Soil and rock have been used as construction materials since the start of human civilization. This course provides a basic introduction to geology and soil mechanics. This enables identifications of minerals and rocks and their structural properties as well as interpretation of geological maps. In addition, this course extends the capabilities of students to understand soil properties for Engineering purposes such as its origin, grain-size distribution, ability to drain water and compressibility. Upon completion of this course, students will have practical understanding of the Engineering geology and soil mechanics.

Soil and rock are the foundations of all land-based structures. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the range of techniques available for both identifying these materials and for determining their physical and mechanical properties. The course introduces both geology and soil mechanics. Geological information affects engineering decisions in the design and planning stages because all large-scale engineering works have their foundations in rock or soil. Many projects, such as dam walls and pavements are also built from these materials. A working knowledge of geologically applied design limitations is therefore required by all engineers involved in foundation works. Students will also be introduced to the basic concepts of soil mechanics that are widely used in the design of geotechnical engineering problems such as flow nets, soil consolidation and settlement of structures. The emphasis throughout the course is placed on a practical understanding of these topics.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 September 2023