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AR20241: Foundation design

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
AR20241 Reassessment Exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To gain knowledge of the way in which the understanding developed in Soil Mechanics can be applied to the design of shallow and deep foundations, and how the necessary information is obtained in practice.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit, the student will be able to demonstrate:
* an ability to design shallow foundations;
* an ability to select and design appropriate piled foundations.

Intellectual skills
* Ability to apply the concepts and principles of soil mechanics to the design and solution of foundation engineering problems.
* To understand taught material - taught
Professional/Practical skills
* To deal with basic foundation engineering issues in a systematic yet creative way, and to communicate the conclusions clearly.
Transferable/key skills
* Ability to collect, analyse, synthesise and present technical information.
* To demonstrate communication and team working skills.

Shallow foundation design - stress distributions, bearing capacity and settlement calculation, related to site investigation techniques. Deep foundation design. Piling. Construction and design of single piles and pile groups. Types of pile and appropriate analytical methods, related to site investigation methods. Calculation of working loads and settlements. Design of a piled foundation. Geotechnical engineering site investigation. Preliminary and final site investigations. Methods of borehole drilling. Safe use of trial pits. In-situ testing. Geophysical methods of investigation, capabilities and limitations.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2020

AR20241 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)