Geotechnical Engineering Centre

All structures must ultimately be supported by the ground. Geotechnical Engineers apply engineering and geological principles to the behaviour of the ground and groundwater and use these principles in civil, mining, offshore and environmental engineering in the widest sense.

Geotechnical engineers design and supervise the construction of foundations and earthen structures related to Civil and Mining Engineering infrastructure. These include shallow and piled foundations for structures, excavations and foundations for buildings and dams, earth and rock fill dams, natural and constructed cut and fill slopes, tunnels, and open pit and underground mines.

Studying Geotechnical Engineering at UQ

Through the Civil & Geotechnical Engineering and Mining & Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major Programs within the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), students are taught by experts working in civil, mining and geotechnical engineering and benefit from the Centre’s close links with its industry partners.

The development and ongoing review of the program curriculum is conducted with input from industry ensuring an enduring relevance. The Civil & Geotechnical Engineering and Mining & Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major Programs are fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

"What is Geotechnical Engineering?" by the Australian Geomechanics Society
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) - Civil and Geotechnical

The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Civil and Geotechnical) consists of the major in Civil Engineering, which is taken in common with all Civil Engineering plans, supplemented with additional specialist study and project work in Geotechnical Engineering. This specialisation is designed to equip graduates with the skills to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems concerning earth materials including roads, landslides, piled building foundations, excavations, spillways, tunnelling and mining.

BE Civil and Geotechnical Engineerinng Course Plan

2 (6%) Soil Mechanics Courses in Civil Engineering Single Major: 10 (31%) Geotechnical Engineering Courses in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major (in Green)

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) - Mining and Geotechnical

The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mining and Geotechnical) consists of the major in Mining Engineering, which is taken in common with all Mining Engineering plans, supplemented with additional specialist study and project work in Geotechnical Engineering. The program is designed to equip graduates with the skills to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems concerning earth materials including roads, excavations, spillways, and tunnelling, associated with mining engineering.

BE Mining and Geotechnical Course Plan

5 (15%) Mining Geomechanics Courses in the Mining Engineering Single Major are increased to 12 (38%) Geotechnical Engineering Courses out of 32 in the Mining & Geotechnical Dual Major (in Green)