TGB4190 - Engineering Geology of Rocks, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 75/100 4 hours D
Work 25/100

Course content

Lecture series on selected topics representing a supplement and expansion of the basic level course, such as: Engineering geological investigation, planning and specification, special problems related to subsea tunnels, tunnels in soil and young rock formations, stability and support of tunnels, water inflow and leakage prevention, waste disposal in rock caverns, numerical modelling, storage of oil and gas in rock caverns, engineering geology of dam sites etc. Colloquium based on selected textbook.

Learning outcome

Ingress: The course will give the students in-depth understanding of geological engineering investigation, planning and stability analysis related to projects on and in bedrock.

Knowledge: The students will have in-depth knowledge of methodology related to investigation and planning of all kinds of projects on and in bedrock, and of the main principles for stability analysis and rock support design.

Skills: Students will be able to perform geological investigation, rock mass classification and design of tunnels and other types of underground projects as well as rock slopes and rock cut slopes, and to perform stability analyses and evaluate rock support requirement.

General: Students will develop an ability to independently evaluate and analyze engineering geological challenges, and an ability to to work in a team and cooperate for multidisciplinary solutions of such challenges.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, colloquiums, literature study, field mapping and excursions. Field mapping is compulsory to attend and the field excursion is highly recommended to be participated. Field mapping and field excursion may be scheduled during a weekend. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Field work

Further on evaluation

Assessment folder provides the basis for final grade in the subject. The folder includes a written final exam of 75% and paper to be submitted based on literature survey (work) 25%. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form 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

Limited admission to classes.

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MIBYGG)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG)
Geology (MGEOL)
Geotechnics and Geohazards (MSGEOTECH)
Geotechnology (MTTEKGEO)
Hydropower Development (MSB1)

Required previous knowledge

Exam passed for TGB4185 Engineering Geology, Basic Course or TGB5110 Engineering Geology and Tunnelling, Basic Course, or equivalent engineering geology and tunneling courses. Fundamental knowledge of engineering geology of rocks, tunnel construction technology and methods and geology. Admission to one of the following program of study is required: MTTEKGEO, MTBYGG, MGEOL, MIBYGG, MSB1, MSGEOTECH. Students on other programs must contact the department to gain access.

Course materials

1) Compendium based on selected papers, book chapters and lecture notes. 2) Selected international text for colloquium. 3) Nilsen og Palmstrøm: Engineering Geology and Rock Engineering Handbook, Norsk Bergmekanikkgruppe 2000.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0537 7.5
TGB5100 1.8 AUTUMN 2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2021-12-01

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Geology
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 75/100 D 2022-05-18 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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