BYGT2316 - Engineering Geology - Rock


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

Understand the behavior of the rock masses when building in/over rocks. Have the knowledge about the methods used to determine rock material properties and rock masses. Finding the right place to locate rock caverns and road tunnels. Earth/Rock weakness zones and joints. Gouge materials (filling materials inside joints), water and tension in rock masses. Topics also considered in the course are engineering geological investigations and tests, rock stresses, groundwater in rock masses, rock mass classification and design approach for underground openings, stability and rock support of underground openings and stability of rock slopes.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The course will provide students with an overview and understanding of the material characteristics of rocks and soil, water problems in the rock masses, engineering geological challenges, rock stresses, rock mass classification, support and lining methods in tunnels, design of underground caverns, slope stability, engineering geological conditions that affect stability of facilities above and underground.

Skills:The candidate should be able to map the weakness zones and discontinuities of rock masses, determine the effect and influence of rock stresses on tunnels and rock caverns, classify rock masses and determine the needed support, design underground openings, determine support and reinforcement of rock slopes. The candidate should also have skills in the most important investigation and test methods in lab and field, and be able to make basic engineering geological assessments.

General Competence:The candidate will develop the ability to undertake basic engineering geological designs and assessments, and understand the function and importance of engineering geology for projects above and underground.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and fieldwork. All exercises are mandatory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

All exercises are mandatory and must be approved to gain admission to the exam.

Re-sit exam in May/June.

Specific conditions

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TGB4185 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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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: -

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-15 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 12
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 D 2024-06-05 15:00 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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