CIVL5451: Numerical and Computer Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (2013 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||CIVL5451: Numerical and Computer Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (6 CP)|
Dr Alonso-Marroquin, Fernando
|Session options:||Semester 1|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Brief Handbook Description:||Objectives and Outcomes
1. To introduce students to major computer modelling techniques used to solve boundary-value and initial-value problems in geotechnical engineering.
2. To develop students’ skills at using computer modelling software to solve stress and flow problems in geomechanics.
3. To developed students ability at critically assessing assumptions behind computer models and critically evaluating the quality of numerical results.
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|The students will develop the ability of formulating mathematical solutions to Geomechanics and geotechnical problems, as well as using computer software to solve such problems and critically appraise the quality of the analytical framework underlying the solution.||Design (Level 3)|
|The student will develop an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art numerical methods, (finite element method, the finite differences method, discrete element method etc.), their strengths and limitations as they apply to problems of Geomechanics and geotechnical engineering.||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)|
|Students will be required to communicate the findings of all their assignments in writing and those of at least one assignment as a verbal presentation. This will contribute to the development of their communication skills.||Communication (Level 3)|
|At least one assignment will be conducted as group work and will hence contribute to developing the teamwork ability of students.||Project Management and Team Skills (Level 2)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 3)
Assignments 1 2 3 consist of 10% examination of the students during the class, and 10% homework.
Assignment 4 involves the preparation of a geotechnical report.
Assignment 5 consists of an oral presentation (10%) and a geotechnical report (10%).
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Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Lecture: Introduction to numerical modelling|
|Lab: Introduction to Matlab programming: flow control, functions, matrices. Application to soil classification system.|
|Week 2||Lecture: Dynamical Systems. Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE): Initial value problem. Discrete Element Method.|
|Lab: Numerical solution of ODE using Matlab.|
|Week 3||Lecture: Boundary Value Problems. Finite Differences, Finite Element Method and Garlekin Method|
|Lab: Numerical solution of boundary value problems using Matlab.|
|Assessment Due: Introduction to numerical modelling|
|Week 4||Lecture: Partial Differential Equations (PDE). Origin of PDE`s in constitutive modelling in geomechanics, classifications of PDE, boundary and initial conditions.|
Lab: Numerical solution of PDE using Matlab.
Geomechanics example: steady state seepage
|Week 5||Lecture: Analysis of settlement|
|Lab: Elastic analysis of settlement using Boussinesq solutions. Numerical solutions using Matlab|
|Assessment Due: Constitutive modelling in geomechanics|
|Week 6||Lecture: Time-dependent consolidation|
|Lab: Numerical solution of the consolidation equation|
|Week 7||Lecture: Seepage analysis, steady state and flow nets|
|Lab: Seepage analysis using FESEEP (Dr. Nigel Balaam, Center of Geotechnical Research)|
|Assessment Due: Consolidation|
|Week 8||Lecture: Strength of soils, failure criteria, slope Instability, Bishop method, identification of most probable failure|
|Lab: Analysis of slope instability using XSLOPE (Dr. Nigel Balaam, Center of Geotechnical Research)|
|Week 9||Lecture & lab: overview of tools, principles and analysis in geotechnical projects (Dr. Jason Surjadinata et al. GHD Geotechnics )|
|Assessment Due: Introduction to geotechnical software packages|
|Week 10||Lecture: Computer methods in piled-raft foundations (Prof. John Small, Coffey Geotechnics)|
|Week 11||Lecture: Computational methods in highways and rail lines project (Dr. Kim Chan, Douglas & Partners)|
|Week 12||Lecture: Computational methods in industrial and residential development projects (Dr. Geoffrey Young, Douglas & Partners)|
|Week 13||Lecture: Oral presentations|
|Assessment Due: Computational methods in geotechnical practice|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 3)||Yes||50%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)||Yes||0%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)||No||50%|
|Communication (Level 3)||Yes||0%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 2)||No||0%|
|Project Management and Team Skills (Level 2)||Yes||0%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.