BA8305 - Geodynamics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course is given every second year, next time fall semester 2023. Basic theory for dynamic systems with one or many degrees of freedom. Wave propagation in elastic media and soils. Development of simple spring-dashpot analogs for foundations on soils. Earthquake engineering. Pile driving. Traffic vibrations. Parameters for soil dynamics determined by laboratory and field tests. Examples of application, partly by Finite Element Methods.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate should have knowledge of: - How the basic theory yielding oscillating systems and wave propagation may be used to analyse geodynamic problems Skills: The candidate is able to: - Determine appropriate geodynamic parameters - Calculate the oscillation of foundations and determine parameters for analogue models - Calculate the attenuation of earthquakes in soil deposits - Assess measured vibrations from traffic or construction activities and compare with acceptance criteria General competence: The candidate can: - Assess the effect of earthquakes and traffic vibrations - Perform dynamic analyses of geotechnical problems by the use of the finite element method

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught in English and is made up by intensive lecturing in combination with exercises. The course is offered in autumn every second year. Guest lecturers are invited from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and Aarhus University. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Many of those who follow this course are external candidates, whether from the industry, other universities etc. Note that if you wish to follow the course the semester it runs, but are not affiliated with the PhD programme in Engineering at NTNU, please contact our PhD coordinator,

Course materials

Lecture notes will be available from Geotechnical Division, NTNU.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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