CIVL 4008 Pile Foundations

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300990

Coordinator Samanthika Liyanapathirana Opens in new window

Description This subject covers analysis and design criteria for pile foundations subjected to axial, lateral and dynamic loading based on the Australian Standards. Computer software necessary to carry out analysis and design will be introduced. Also field testing methods available for pile integrity testing will be discussed.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Geotechnical Engineering

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Pre-requisite(s) CIVL 3007 OR
CIVL 3008

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate settlement and bearing capacity of single piles and pile groups
  2. compute the lateral load carrying capacity of piles
  3. design piled raft foundations
  4. interpret and apply Australian standards for design of deep foundations
  5. explain the different pile integrity testing methods and their suitability for different conditions

Subject Content

1. Single piles and pile groups subjected to vertical loads
2. Laterally loaded piles
3. Piled raft foundations
4. Application of Australian standards in design of pile foundations
5. Design of piles subjected to dynamic loading
6. Pile integrity testing


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 1 hour 20 N Individual
Report 40 pages 30 Y Individual
Final Exam 2 Hour 50 Y Individual