The use of sinkhole models in advanced geotechnical engineering teaching

Shiau, Jim and Lamb, Brian and Sams, Mathew (2016) The use of sinkhole models in advanced geotechnical engineering teaching. International Journal of GEOMATE, 10 (20). 1718-1724 . ISSN 2186-2982


This paper demonstrates an approach to integrate geotechnical research into an advanced geotechnical engineering course. It involves the use of a simple 3D small-scale sinkhole model, a 2D numerical model of an idealized sinkhole, and an advanced 3D numerical model. A three-week teaching activity that integrates this material into the course is developed, ranging from the introductory material through to experiment conduction and reporting. By incorporating some advanced topics such as this into the course, it is expected that the students will have an increased awareness and understanding of natural geotechnical phenomena. It is also hoped that the model will help foster further interest in the geotechnical discipline, for either research or practice.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 01:42
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 05:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: sinkhole; physical model; stability; education; teaching
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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