TBYG2001 - Soil Mechanics and Geology


Course content

Processes of geology. Classification of minerals and rock. Soil classification. Calculation of stress. Calculations of foundations, including settlements and bearing capacity. Calculations of lateral earth pressure. Calculations of slope stability. Seepage and flownets. Field and laboratory exercises.

Learning outcome

The candidate shall in geology have an understanding of the earth and the geological processes that have changed, and that are continually changing the Earth. Understanding the rock cycle.
In geotechnics, the candidate should understand the use of soil as a building material, assess geotechnical problems and participate in discussions about both normal and difficult ground conditions.
The candidate should by themselves be able to refresh their knowledge in the field of geotechnical engineering and geology through information gathering.
In geotechnical engineering students will have an insight into how we design foundations.

Candidates should be able to conduct simple projects by assessing problems and designing foundations with both bearing capacity and settlements in mind. The candidate should be able to calculate the stability of simple slopes. The candidate should be able to calculate lateral earth pressure and force against cellar walls and sheet piles.
In geotechnics the candidate should be able to calculate how intervention in the terrain affect the safety of the structure so that the requirements of the Eurocode is maintained.
The candidate should be able to dimension the foundations and stability.
The candidate should be able to calculate water seepage through the soil, both wanted and unwanted water flow, and draw flownets.
The candidate should be able to find, use and refer to information about the subject matter.

In engineering geology students should have an ability to look at terrains with regard to assess conditions and soils.
Candidates should be able to participate in discussions about which construction solutions are possible and to consider possible measures.
The candidate may contribute to the development of good practice through participating in discussions within the engineering geology and geotechnics, and share their knowledge and experiences with others.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Problem solving in groups/class. Field and laboratory exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatorisk laboratoriearbeid
  • Obligatoriske øvinger

Further on evaluation

Compulsory laboratory work and compulsory exercises. The graduation exam is held in May / June. Permitted exam aids: Certain simple calculator - one of the types Casio fx-82ES PLUS, Casio FX-82EX, Citizen SR-270X, Citizen SR-270X College, Hewlett Packard HP30S.

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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil engineering (FTHINGBY)

Required previous knowledge

Study rights requirements. Access to this course presupposes admittance to Bachelor of Civil Engineering (FTHINGBY), NTNU, Trondheim.

Course materials

Recommended litterature:
F. Huseby: Generell geologi, U-forlaget, 1992.

Soil mechanics:
Olav R. Aarhaug: Geoteknikk og fundamenteringslære 1, NKI, 1984.
Olav R. Aarhaug: Geoteknikk og fundamenteringslære 2, NKI, 1984.

Supporting litterature:
Craig's Soil Mechanics - 2011 - by Jonathan Knappett - R.F. Craig.

Elements on this list are subject to adjustments and changes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BYGG2001F 7.5 01.09.2019
BYGG2001 7.5 01.09.2019
BYGT2001 7.5 01.09.2019
BYGA2001 7.5 01.09.2019


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