Apply footing and geomechanical design principles to domestic scale buildings

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Evaluate geological formation of rocks and their subsequent weathering to form various soil types.

1.1. Formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks is identified and documented.

1.2. Mode of transportation, deposition and formation of sands, gravels and clays are identified and documented.

2. Read and evaluate both topographical and geological maps.

2.1. Topographical and geological maps are interpreted without error.

2.2. Maps of both types are interpreted by drawing sections indicating features.

2.3. Retaining structures and systems suitable for various situations are identified.

3. Identify soil types and their behaviour.

3.1. Cohesive and granular soils are identified from hand specimens without error.

3.2. Soil types and soil properties are identified and calculated with reference to standards, codes and industry literature.

3.3. Effects of depth on overburden and pore water pressure are estimated.

4. Determine suitability of foundation soils to support various types of structures.

4.1. Meaning of total and differential settlement of a building is interpreted without error.

4.2. Factors influencing settlement and the ultimate bearing capacity of the ground are interpreted.

4.3. Total and net pressure on foundation soils due to the load of a structure is calculated to determine suitable foundation systems.

5. Identify and apply the various methods and applications of soil testing.

5.1. Australian standard laboratory testing of permeability, strength, consolidation and point load tests (for rocks) is identified and interpreted.

5.2. Australian standard for carrying out sub-soil investigations and in situ testing is identified and interpreted.

5.3. Soil testing methods are selected and applied or accessed through competent agencies.

6. Determine footing systems for the site conditions and building type.

6.1. Mechanism of soil shrinkage and swelling is interpreted.

6.2. Site classification for the design and construction of a footing system for a single storey dwelling is in accordance with the BCA.

6.3. Application of footings and geomechanical principles for the footing system for a domestic scale building is determined in accordance with BCA and adherence to legislative requirements.

7. Determine site maintenance requirements necessary to minimise long-term damage to the structure.

7.1. Influence of moisture content changes in clay soils on maintenance requirements is determined.

7.2. Minimisation strategies for long-term damage to a structure with respect to the soil conditions found on a particular site where active clays are located are recommended.

Qualifications and Skillsets

CPCCSV5005A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CPC60108 - Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying
  • CPC50108 - Diploma of Building Surveying