BYGG2001F - Geotechnical Engineering


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

In geology the students will get an understanding of the construction and processes on the earth which have changed and still change the earth.
In geotechnics the student can understand the use of soil as an engineering material, and consider and solve geotechnical problems and participate in discussions about both normal and difficult soil conditions.
- Geological processes
- Classification of minerals and rocks
- Quaternary Geology and formation of soil
- climate and avalanches
- the property and composition of soil
- stresses and change of stresses in soil
- stiffness parameters of soil
- Settlement under foundations and fillings
- Ground-water flow
- load carrying capacity
- earth pressure
- stability of slopes and cuts

Learning outcome

The student should have knowledge on
- The condition of the earth crust with special emphasize on Norwegian conditions
- The evolution of soil and rock types
- Properties of soil and rocks as a consequence of how these are created
- Classification and identification of soil
- Stresses, earth pressure, settlements and stability
- Hydrologic flow through the soil
The student can:
- Identify and consider the properties of Norwegian minerals and rock types based on how these are created
- Calculate stresses and settlements below embankments and foundations
- Calculate the ground-water flow and draw power grid
- Identify and consider the stability of slopes based on geometry, firmness and inner/outer water pressure condition
- Calculate earth pressure and power towards foundation wall and sheet pile curtain in deeper excavation
- Consider how intervention i ground affect the security of buildings
- calculate necessary width of foundation to resist loads
General competence
The student:
- have knowledge about geology and the evolution of rocks and soils to be able to identify and estimate their characteristics and consider deposition and different soil materials based on terrain formations .
- can perform simple laboratory tests

Learning methods and activities

Digital string: Use of spreadsheet for simulations
Ethic string: Ethical relations concerning security and economy
There will be a sample of prerecorded lectures and practical tasks which covers central parts of the subject.
instructions are carried out both synchronous and asynchronous by using Collaborate and forum.A plan for this is available in learning platform.
There will be two gatherings.
Consumption of time:
- Lectures (videos):25 hours
- Organized instructions: 25 hours
- Compulsory work: 60 hours
- Own efforts: 90 hours
- Sum: 200 hours
6 compulsory works
Laboratory works

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatoriske arbeidskrav - se emnebeskrivelse

Further on evaluation

Re-sit of written exam in August.
The re-sit exam can be changed from written to oral examination.
Compulsory activity from earlier semester can be approved by the departement.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil Engineering (BIBYG-F)

Course materials

Videos in basic geotechnics (norwegian)
Håndbok V 220 Statens vegvesen
Tarbuck & Lutgens: Earth. An introduction to Physical geology

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BYG1381 7.5 01.09.2019
TBYG2001 7.5 01.09.2019
BYG3251 7.5 01.09.2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Geotechnical Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering



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