BYGG2001 - Geotechnical Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Description and calculations for soils related to foundations, structures and measures in the ground. An introduction to geological conditions, the formation of loose masses and processes that have changed and still affect the soil. Then focus on geotechnical engineering, with introduction to calculation methods for soil. Stress, stress changes, stiffness parameters, settlements. Water in soil, stability and strength to soil for measures such as building foundations, excavations and road fillings. Groundwater and groundwater flow.


  • formation of loose masses
  • soil properties and soil composition
  • stresses and stress changes in soil
  • stiffness parameters for soil
  • settlements
  • water flow in soil
  • load carrying capacity
  • earth pressure
  • stability of slopes and cuts

Learning outcome


The candidate shall have knowledge of

  • Formation of soils
  • Properties of soil
  • Classification and identification of soil
  • Stresses, earth pressure, settlements and stability
  • Water flow in soil


The candidate shall be able to

  • Identify and assess the characteristics of Norwegian soils
  • Calculate stresses and strains in soil.
  • Calculate settlements of foundations and terrain due to groundwater changes and/or additional load stresses
  • understand the effect of ground water flow on the strength of soil and calculate critical gradient
  • Identify and assess the stability of a slope
  • Calculating earth pressure and power against a wall
  • Assess how terrain interventions affect stability and possibly structures/ buildings
  • Calculate the size of foundations
  • Know different piles and applications

General competence

The candidate can

  • basic terminology and methodology in geology and geotechnical engineering related to civil engineering
  • read maps over superficial deposits and understand that soil types vary from the surface downwards
  • perform simple engineering calculations associated with working in the ground
  • understand the importance of when more advanced calculations and assessments must be carried out for a building
  • provide and have an overview of the subject area, suitable for simple professional assessments

Learning methods and activities

Digital string: Use of spreadsheet for simulations

Ethic string: Ethical relations concerning environment and security

Lecture, guidance and practical work. Mainly focus on guidance and practical work. A sample of prerecorded lectures and practical work will cover most of the contents in this subject. There will be compulsory work including one laboratory work.

For online students:

Guidance is carried out both synchronously using tools such as Collaborate (practice lessons) and asynchronously using forums. There will be a plan for this on the learning platform

There will be work requirements in order to be able to go up to the exam, included laboratory work

Planned time spent for a 7.5 ECTS subject:

- Lecture (videos): 25 hours

- Organized guidance: 25 hours

- Work on mandatory tasks: 60 hours

- Work on your own: 90 hours

TOTAL: 200 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercises

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

Videoes Geotechnical engineering

A compendium will be available at the start of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BYG3251 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
BYG1381 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
TBYG2001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
BYGA2001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
BYGT2001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Geotechnical Engineering
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-07 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
M433-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 60
M411-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 2
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
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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