TGB4212 - Advanced Rock Mechanics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam and report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group-based project report 50/100
Written exam 50/100 2 hours D

Course content

Assessment of rockmass quality, Ground Response Curve, the observation method for tunnelling (NATM), rock mechanics for TBM tunnelling, underground geohazards related to high in situ rock stresses, rock support in difficult geological conditions, analytical and numerical stability analyses, rock mechanics in foundation engineering, excursions and project tasks. Focuses are put on applications of rock mechanical principles in engineering practice. Project tasks: group work, individual presentations and a group report.

Learning outcome

The students have an overview of the areas where rock mechanical principles are applied for design and stability analyses. They learn skills for interpretation of mechanical phenomena during underground rock excavation and for stability analyses aiming to optimum design of underground openings. The student should master the use of subject-specific digital tools including programming where relevant (RS2 and Examine2D).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, guest lectures, excursion (8 hours) and self-study. The students work in groups on large project tasks. A joint report on the group project is submitted.

Compulsory assignments

  • Excursion

Further on evaluation

In order to be eligible to receive a grade in the course, both assessments (group project (50%) and individual final exam (50%)) must receive a passing score. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Required previous knowledge

TGB4210 Rock and Soil Mechanics, Basic Course and TGB4185 Engineering Geology, Basic Course or equivalent basic courses in rock and soil mechanics and engineering geology.

Course materials

A lecture folder and presentation slides.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Engineering Geology - Rocks
  • Mining Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Written exam and report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written exam 50/100 D 2023-11-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 18
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 2
Autumn ORD Group-based project report 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Written exam 50/100 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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