TGB5110 - Engineering Geology and Tunnelling, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course is taught in English for the 1st year master level civil engineering students (2-years MSc programs). The course mainly covers material properties of rocks and rock mass; in situ stresses and groundwater in the rock mass; classification of rock mass, support and lining for tunnels and caverns; engineering geological investigation methods; design approach for tunnels, caverns and pressure shafts; rock slope stability; drill and blast tunnels: excavation method, blast design, time and cost estimation; TBM tunnels: excavation method, TBM performance, time and cost estimation.

Learning outcome

Ingress: The student gains fundamental (basic) knowledge in engineering geology and tunneling methods.

Knowledge: The student will be able to describe engineering geological properties of rock mass, classify rock mass quality, carry out stability assessment and estimate rock support requirement, assess stability of rock slope, select appropriate tunnel construction methods and increase understanding on engineering geological investigations.

Skills and competence: The students gain skills and general competence in evaluating engineering geological conditions for planning and construction of tunnels, caverns and shafts.

General competence: The student will be able to perform basic engineering geological assessment and selection of tunnel construction methods and subject specific digital tools.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures in engineering geology and tunneling; compulsory tutorials both in engineering geology and tunneling which also includes use of rockdata; visit to engineering geological lab; one day field excursion. Lectures and examination will be only in English language. Compulsory field excursion may be scheduled for a weekend. The course is evaluated by reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Comprehensive knowledge in civil engineering and general geology disciplines. In addition, the candidates are required to have higher level knowledge in mathematics, statistics, chemistry etc.

Course materials

Rock engineering - Hydropower development series 9; course material in drill and blast tunnels and TBM tunnels; lecture notes and additional material recommended by the professors.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TGB4185 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • Construction Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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