About Geotechnics and Geohazards
Geotechnics and Geohazards
Geotechnics and Geohazards
What is Geotechnics and Geohazards?
Geotechnics is the study of how we can build safely on, in or of soil. Numerous challenges exist, and they are often related to the optimal exploration of limited areas in and close to cities and densely populated areas.
With a good theoretical, practical and digital basis, you may help us face these challenges.
Study Geotechnics and Geohazards
This programme of study aims to provide you with technical-scientific insight into phenomena connected with geohazards. It also focuses on properties of soil and geotechnical materials, field exploration, field measurements, laboratory testing, computer simulations, risk evaluations and practical design skills needed for engineering solutions to geohazards and geotechnical challenges.
- Why do landslides and avalanches occur?
- Where is it dangerous to build, where is it safe, and when?
- How may we evaluate the stability of a slope above the settlement, be it in Norway or in Las Colinas in El Salvador?
Digital technology for solving tomorrows problems
In this programme of study, you learn how to use digital methods for planning, interpretation and presentation of soil investigation. Data from laboratory tests and field instrumentation are recorded using digital technology. You will also get training in the use of advanced engineering software for analysis of geotechnical design problems like slope stability excavations, bearing capacity and pile foundations.
The digital tools and methods presented in this programme of study is well integrated with a comprehensive theoretical basis. This enables you to become a skilled engineer trained in state-of-the-art engineering software while at the same time understanding the theoretical background.
You who graduate with a Master's Degree in Geotechnics and Geohazards are well prepared for the digital shift and ready to contribute to the technology development required for solving tomorrows problems.
An interdisciplinary perspective
Internationally, challenges within and the consequences of geohazards are even bigger than they are in Norway. Analysis of the problems and the need for satisfying answers require qualifications within several subjects.
The entire set of problems must be seen from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from:
- numeric modelling
- risk analyses
The Master's Degree Programme in Geotechnics and Geohazards is closely related to the Civil and Environmental Engineering programme, but it offers an even greater opportunity for specialization within Geotechnics and Geohazards.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN Sustainable development goals
Geotechnics and geohazards focuses on the following sustainable development goals:
- 6 Clean water and sanitaion: in relation to water reservoir and pipes in the ground.
- 7 Affordable and clean energy: in relation to hydropower, wind power and geotermal energy.
- 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure and 11 Sustainable cities and communities: in relation to building sustainable infrastructure - everything is built or partial in the ground and oftentimes of geotechnical materials (roads and subway).
- 13 Climate action: in relation to reducing the CO2 emission from all building activities. One important element for the geotechnical engineers in Norway is the stabilization of clay without great use of lime and cement.