AE2401 Engineering Geology 7.5 credits

Teknisk geologi

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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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

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 focuses 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.


Open to programme students from KTH with at least 180 credits, or other applicants with a bachelor's degree, including at least 6 credits in geosciences. In addition, second cycle courses for at least 30 ECTS credits are required.


Engineering Geology, Rock in Engineering Construction by Richard E. Goodman, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1993.


  • FÄL1 - Exkursion, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2.2, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.3, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 1.5, grading 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.

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Robert Earon,


Bo Olofsson <>

Supplementary information

Cost of overnight stay at a hostel may apply in connection with field exercises.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.