TBA4100 - Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 33/100
Written examination 67/100 4 hours D

Course content

Description of soils and rocks for engineering purposes, formation of deposits, minerals and rocks, Quaternary geology, general geology. Stresses and stress changes in soils. Soil stiffness parameters. Calculation of settlements under footings and embankments. Ground water regimes and flow of water through porous media. Brief introduction on strength of soils and stability.

Learning outcome

The candidate should have knowledge of:
- The constitution of the earth crust with special emphasise on Norwegian conditions
- Formation processes of soil and rock types
- Properties of soils and rocks resulting from the formation processes
- Classification and identification of soil
- Stresses in soil, including effective stresses and porepressures
- Settlements resulting from loading the soil
- Seepage of water through soil.

The candidate is able to:
- Understand where different soils may be located in the terrain based on knowledge of Quarternary geology
- Identify common minerals and rock types
- Calculate stresses and settlements below embankments and foundations
- Estimate the time dependence of settlements
- Calculate ground water seepage, for example the flow rate into a construction pit.

General competence:
The candidate:
- Knows what is dealt with in the subject areas of Engineering geology and Geotechnics and has acquired command of inherent methodology and terminology
- Can perform practical engineering work within geotechnical problems
- Can perform simple laboratory tests in the laboratories at NTNU within geotechnics and geology
- Can cooperate in teams.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, assignments. Laboratory work and demonstrations.

Compulsory assignments

  • Øvinger, laboratoriearbeid

Further on evaluation

The assignments must be accepted to give admittance to exam. The assignments contribute 1/3 of the final grade. Both the written exam and the assignments must be passed to get a pass grade in the course. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

Emdal: Introduction to Geotechnics (in Norwegian), handouts. Tarbuck and Lutgens: Earth. An Introduction to Physical Geology (textbook).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB2010 7.5
GEOL1003 3.0 01.09.2007
TGB4100 3.7 01.09.2008
TGB4210 2.0 01.09.2009


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Summer UTS Work 33/100
Spring ORD Work 33/100
Summer UTS Written examination 67/100 D
Spring ORD Written examination 67/100 D 2019-05-27 09:00 SL120 blå sone , Hall A , SL274 , SL315
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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