Write a brief one paragraph statement about what your geotechnical engineering investigation is about and its needs.
Write a brief one paragraph description of your investigation site. You may wish to refer to a figure that shows the layout of your site (see Section 2).
In one or two sentences, define the single aim of your investigation. You can think of it as the target you are aiming for.
Using a numbered list, prepare four objectives of your geotechnical engineering investigation.
- These must be do-able actions of the study, which together achieve the aim.
- These need to flow in a logical order.
- Consider that once the reader has read your investigation, they need to be able to go back to these objectives and check-off in their mind that you have achieved them.
- Your objectives should not be a repetition of the table of contents.
Scope And Limitations
Provide a statement about the bounds of your investigation; that is, what it does, and what it doesn’t do.
Sources Of Information
Describe the sources of information you have used in the preparation of your geotechnical engineering investigation. A table might be useful breaking down by topic and source types.
Write a one paragraph biography about yourself with particular emphasis on your aspirations as an engineer.
All figures for your geotechnical engineering investigation that are important need to be prepared by incorporating them within one or more Points of Interest (PoI) into your Google Mymaps map. Introduce your MyMaps map here and include its URL. Each time you wish to refer to a PoI in your content below, provide an embedded hyperlink to your relevant MyMaps map PoI. Note that your MyMaps map should also include the following for each of your PoI:
- Latitude and longitude (automatically included when you drop a pin to position the PoI)
- Style (colour and icon)
- Added image/s (photo or figure) or Video/s, being sure to cite your source properly and observe QUT’s rules for appropriate use of information systems
Geotechnical Engineering Investigation
Matters About The Bridge Southern Abutment
Describe the purpose of the southern geotechnical abutment structure to the Go Between Bridge.
With the aid of a table and/or diagram, identify the main geotechnical componentry of the abutment, including: geotechnical form and shape, components used and their material properties, and their connections.
Describe the types of loads that would be borne by the geotechnical abutment structure, and how it would bear these loads under which design conditions. Give consideration to load paths.
Geotechnical Design Drivers
Discuss what you believe would be the design drivers for the southern geotechnical abutment structure to the Go Between Bridge. In particular, give consideration to strength, serviceability and aesthetics.
Are there any instruments such as codes or standards that would dictate the design and construction of this type of geotechnical abutment structure nowadays? What types of technology would the geotechnical engineer use in the design of this type of geotechnical abutment structure nowadays?
Describe how the southern geotechnical abutment structure to the Go Between Bridge integrates into the wider built environment in the vicinity. How important to you believe it is with respect to the functioning of the built environment?
Describe how you believe the southern geotechnical abutment structure to the Go Between Bridge would most likely have been constructed. Give consideration to any off-site prefabrication, in-situ construction, traffic management (road and footpath traffic, etc.), safety, and constructability. What resources, including personnel, plant and equipment, do you believe would have been necessary to construct the geotechnical abutment structure?
Governance And Values Considerations
Which agency/agencies have stewardship of the southern geotechnical abutment structure to the Go Between Bridge? What are their main responsibilities in their role as steward/s? What is the system of governance within which they perform their role as steward/s? What are the main values they observe in their role as steward/s? Why are these matters important to the professional engineer who works in the area of geotechnical engineering?
Engineering Systems Interrelationships
How does the geotechnical system of the southern geotechnical abutment structure to the Go Between Bridge relate to, and interact with, other civil engineering and broader engineering systems that are co-located? Do you anticipate that any infrequent, periodic and/or frequent issues would arise in relation to interrelationships between these systems and their stewardship? How do you consider that the professional geotechnical engineer would work with other professional engineers and other parties in managing such issues?
Summary Of Remarks Of Your Investigation
Write a brief one paragraph summary and interpretation of remarks you have made about your investigation.
Engineering Systems Context In Inner Urban Environments
Write a brief one paragraph observation about how geotechnical engineering fits into the broader engineering systems context in inner urban environments.
Observations Of Geotechnical And Broader Civil Engineering Professional Practice In Inner Urban Environments
Write a brief one paragraph observation about how geotechnical engineering fits into broader professional engineering practice for inner urban environments.
Observations For Those Embarking On a Profession In Civil Engineering
Based upon the work you have undertaken in this investigation, consider what you have discovered about the civil engineering specialisation of geotechnical engineering. If you were to speak to a student who is just about to commence their first year in engineering, what observations would you make to them about your discoveries?