Courses Catalogue

Design And Construction Of Earth Structures

COURSE CODE: CIV4153
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Civil Engineering, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course covers temporary and permanent earth structures (foundations and retaining walls), tunneling, trenching, cofferdams, and dewatering.  It includes design of earth structures: dams, highway fills, cofferdams, and embankments, and construction techniques, quality control, embankment analysis, instrumentation, foundation soil stabilization, seepage analysis and control.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

This course will provide the needed knowledge and skills for the analysis, design and construction of structures, such as slopes and dams that are composed mainly of earth

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

·         Understand the relationship between fundamental soil types with regards to design processes.

·        Understand horizontal earth pressures and skin friction values.

·        Gain knowledge on the selection and design appropriate soils retaining structures.

·        Acquire knowledge of design of mechanically stabilized walls and reinforced slopes

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student on completing this course is expected to:

·        Develop knowledge to determine strength parameters needed for slope stability analysis.

·        Analyze factor of safety of slope using analytical methods.

·        Use computer programs for slope stability analysis under various short term, long term and rapid draw down conditions.

·        Attain engineering analysis and design skills pertaining to site development involving embankment construction and earth wall construction.

·        Appreciate techniques for accelerating construction of embankment on soft compressible cohesive soils by using preloading and wick drains.

·        Develop working knowledge of design of mechanically stabilized walls and reinforced slopes