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Syllabus for

Academic year
ACE045 - Geological and geotechnical site characterisation
Geologisk och geoteknisk karakterisering
 
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIEE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Main field of study: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: 20 - ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING


Course round 1


Teaching language: English
Application code: 27116
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B
Maximum participants: 80

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   29 Oct 2021 pm J,  03 Jan 2022 am J,  18 Aug 2022 pm J

In programs

MPIEE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)

Examiner:

Jelke Dijkstra

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Eligibility

General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Recommended courses: BOM200 Engineering Geology and BOM355 Geotechnics, or equivalent knowledge in basics on geology, soil mechanics and groundwater flow.

Aim

The aim of this course is to give an introduction to various geological, hydrogeological and geotechnical site characterisation techniques and methods that not only enable the creation of a conceptual geo-model as a basis for infrastructure design, but also enable consideration of various alternatives. It is aimed for that after the course the students will be able to design a suitable site investigation as relevant for different stages of design (e.g. preliminary design, road/railway plan, detailed design) and in parallel, they will be able to interpret the results of such investigations as a basis for subsequent geotechnical and/or rock engineering design.
 

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

● Knowledge
○ Describe the principles of geological genesis with a focus on the Swedish environment
○ Describe the particulars of various geo-materials
○ Describe the principles, benefits and limitations of different site investigation methods and laboratory test types
● Comprehension
○ Distinguish between different features of basic geological processes
○ Understand the interdependence of engineering design and design of site characterisation, depending on the composition of the shallow subsurface.
● Application & Analysis
○ Design, execute and interpret of field and laboratory tests for a wide range of geo-materials (soft-soils to crystalline rock mass)
○ Evaluate several techniques used in the desk study phase (geological maps lineage etc).
● Synthesis:
○ Integrate knowledge on large scale geological and hydrogeological processes, as well as future engineering needs, in the design of a site specific (hydro-)mechanical investigation for engineering properties.
○ Demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of the geological and geotechnical site characterisation techniques, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, including both ethical and economic aspects and also environmental and safety considerations.
○ Demonstrate the ability in speech and writing clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences within the field of geological, hydrogeological and geotechnical site characterisation techniques.

Content

● Introduce a framework for conceptual modelling and site characterisation in engineering practice.
● Early investigations based on geological maps and geological history, with focus on geological processes.
● Geotechnical site investigation techniques (principle, interpretation, applicability and limitations) for materials ranging from soft soils to hard rock.
● Geotechnical sampling and laboratory testing (principle, interpretation, applicability and limitations).
● Geophysical methods (principle, interpretation, applicability and limitations) .
● Hydrogeological site investigations (principle, interpretation, applicability and limitations).

● Insight into the possibilities and limitations of the geological and geotechnical site characterisation techniques, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, including both ethical and economic aspects and, also, sustainability considerations.

Organisation

As a Master's level course, the course relies on an active participation by the students. Lectures are supported by compulsory project work reflecting a realistic case performed in groups of students. 

Literature

Lecture slides/notes, selected keynote articles and book Chapters will be provided in digital format on the course home page.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written examination and compulsory project work. A well executed project work can give bonus points to the exam, but only for the main exam.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.


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