TGB5110 - Engineering Geology and Tunnelling, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

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

Course content

The course is taught in English for the 1st year master level civil engineering students (2-years MSc programmes). The course mainly covers material properties of rocks and rock mass; stress 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

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

The student gains skills and general competence in evaluating engineering geological conditions for planning and construction of tunnels, caverns and shafts. The student masters the use of subject-specific digital tools.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures in engineering geology and tunnelling; compulsory tutorials both in engineering geology and tunnelling 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 fieldwork 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

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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 01.09.2016
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

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 examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 100/100

Release 2020-12-04

Submission 2020-12-04

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 100/100 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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation

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