TBA4100 - Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 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. Digital tools are to be used in several exercises.

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 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.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, assignments. Laboratory work and demonstrations.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments, laboratory work

Further on evaluation

The assignments must be accepted to give admittance to exam. The exam consists of a geotechnical part and a geology part. Both parts must be passed separately to get a pass grade in the course. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB2010 7.5
GEOL1003 3.0 AUTUMN 2007
TGB4100 3.7 AUTUMN 2008
TGB4210 2.0 AUTUMN 2009
BA6063 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2022-05-21 09:00
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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