TBM4342 - Geotechnical Engineering 2


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

Background for the calculation methods used in geotechnical engineering. Principles for performing short-hand calculations of settlements, slope stability, earth pressure and bearing capacity of foundations and piles. The course aims at creating understanding through a combination of hand calculations and the use of numerical analysis tools. The safety philosophy according to EC7 will be presented.

Learning outcome


The candidate should have knowledge of:

  • Strength of soil expressed in total and effective stresses
  • Principles on how strength parameters may be determined
  • Principles for prescribing safety margins according to EC7
  • Principles for calculating the earth pressure against retaining walls and the required dimensions of foundations
  • How piles work in soil and how they are installed
  • Estimating settlements based on the oedometric (constraint) stiffness modulus.
  • Landslides and the principles for calculating the stability of a slope.


The candidate is able to (hand calculations and the use of numerical analysis tools):

  • Assess the stability of a slope when the geometry, soil strength and water pressures inside and outside the slope are defined
  • Calculate earth pressure on vertical walls (basement walls, sheetpile wall and similar)
  • Calculate the necessary width (and depth) of a foundation for a given set of foundation loads (vertical, horizontal and moment components)
  • Estimate vertical loading capacity and driveability of piles

General competence

The candidate can:

  • Calculate the design values of earth pressure and of the bearing capacity of foundations and piles
  • Assess the stability of natural slopes, cuts and embankments
  • Develop personal judgement skills and see the geotechnical knowledge in a broader engineering context.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, calculation and laboratory exercises

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Mandatory assignments must be approved to get access to exam.

Course materials

Lecture notes from the geotechnical department.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TBA5155 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
TBA5100 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
BA6064 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
TBA4105 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building and Construction Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
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 *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-23 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 21
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 57
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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