AE2401 Engineering Geology 7.5 credits
Engineering geology is the application of geological knowledge in order to solve problems associated with constructions of different types in different parts of the world.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)D
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsAutumn 13 P1 (7.5 credits)
Start date2013 week: 36
End date2013 week: 44
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures14 (preliminary)
Number of exercises34 (preliminary)
Form of studyNormal
Number of placesNo limitation
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleJoanne Robison Fernlund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TeacherJoanne Robison Fernlund <email@example.com>
TMHIM year 2, recommended for TEEGM year 2
Part of programme
The goal of the course is to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding of geology, and apply this knowledge to engineering projects such as dams, landfills, rock quarries, roads, tunnels and slopes.
Another goal is to increase the students’ presentation skills, both oral and in written.
Course main content
The course focusus on rocks properties and interpretation of geological conditions under the ground surface.
By the end of the course the students should:
- be able to construct a map of the surface geology and a cross section of the subsurface geological from drill-hole logs.
- have knowledge of the physical, hydrological, mechanical and chemical properties of common rocks.
- have knowledge of investigation methods, primarily geophysical methods, for determining the rock mass properties underground, their strengths and weaknesses.
- be able to evaluate an area suitability with respect to: (for example)
1. drilling for ground water;
2. opening of a rock quarry based the rock’s suitability for usage in asphalt and concrete;
3. building a land fill that will not negatively affect the groundwater quality or interact negatively with developed areas;
- be able to identify potential problems associated with:
1. slope stability;
2. drilling a tunnel;
3. construction of a dam.
- be able to use a sterionet to analyze slope stability. They should be able to interpret information presented in a sterionet.
180 credits academic studies including at least 35 credits in physics, chemistry and geosciences. Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.
Engineering Geology, Rock in Engineering Construction by Richard E. Goodman, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1993.
- FÄL1 - Exkursion, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
- PRO1 - Project, 2.2 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 2.3 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- ÖVN1 - Assignments, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
Requirements for final grade
The grade is based on the reslults in the following 3 parts of the course all of which are graded on a A-F scale.
1. Final test covers the material covered in the exercises; open book test.
2. Course project - written and oral presentation.
There are several field days which are mandatory for completion of the course. If by chance the student cannot attend a field day then an alterntive assignment may be agreed upon.
3. Field exercises, preparation assignments and exercises.
Joanne Fernlund, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Robison Fernlund <email@example.com>
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 07.