Engineering Geology

Course Information
TitleΤΕΧΝΙΚΗ ΓΕΩΛΟΓΙΑ / Engineering Geology
CodeGGG 758Y
FacultySciences
SchoolGeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorVasileios (or basile) Christaras
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID40001746

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
600130383
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction)
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to create new Geologists correctly trained in performing engineering geological studies for the safe construction of technical works
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course of Engineering Geology (7th semester of undergraduate studies) is taught with 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials. Lectures: 12-13 lectures are given. The topics that are taught are:  1st Lecture: Introduction (Topics of Engineering Geology-The role of Engineering geology in engineering works)  2nd Lecture: Site investigation tools  3rd Lecture: Engineering geology of soils (consistence, soil description, Physical characteristics)  4th Lecture: Engineering geology of soils (shear strength, Mohr-Coulomb failure criteria)  5th Lecture: Engineering geology of rocks (Physical, Mechanical properties of rocks and discontinuities)  6th Lecture: Rock mass strength-Geotechnical classification (GSI, RMR, Q)  7th Lecture: Engineering Geology of Sedimentary, Igneous and metamorphic rocks.  8 th Lecture: Landslides  9 th Lecture: Slope stability  10 th Lecture: Tunnels  11 th Lecture: Dams  12 th Lecture: Foundations Tutorials (3 teaching groups): 10-12 series of tutorials are given (15 tutorials in total). For every tutorial the associated exercise includes all data and geo- information, a presentation (PowerPoint) with all the necessary theoretical background and a supplementary assisting booklet with supporting information. The topics of the tutorials are:  1st tutorial: The importance of the geological model in major construction projects. The consequences from its ignorance or misinterpretation.  2nd tutorial: Evaluation of site investigation program: Construction of geological and engineering geological sections from sampling boreholes, laboratory and in-situ tests .  3rd tutorial: Putting numbers in Geology I. Shear strength of soils. Mohr-Coulomb parameters, laboratory tests (triaxial, shear test, consolidation test) in soils. Total and effective stress, pore pressures.  4th tutorial: Putting numbers in Geology II.. Uniaxial compressive test of intact rock – UCS. Deformation modulus of the intact rock(Ei). Rock mass strength (σcm). Hoek-Brown failure criteria and equivalent evaluation of cohesion and angle of friction with the use of rock mass classification GSI. Deformation modulus of the rock mass (Em).  5th tutorial: Putting numbers in Geology III. Shear strength of rock joints (when the failure of the rock mass is controlled by them). Shear tests. Evaluation of angle of friction from the Barton – Bandis failure criteria.  6th tutorial: Cuts. Rock slope stability. Kinematic analysis. Definition of Factor of Safety. Groundwater influence. Rock slope support  7th tutorial: Dams I. Selection of Dam place and dam type. Water tightness issues in dam and basin. Slope stability. Foundation problems and mechanisms of failures. The role of Geology.  8th tutorial: Dams II. Water tightness below the dam. Lugeon tests. Grout curtain against seepage and internal erosion  9th tutorial: Tunnels. Evaluation of Engineering geological conditions along a tunnel. Behaviour types. Groundwater inflows.  10th tutorial: Geotechnical classifications in tunnelling. GSI, RMR and Q classifications  11th tutorial: Seismotectonics and engineering projects. Evaluation of the seismic hazard. Evaluation of the liquefaction susceptibility of soil deposits. The final evaluation of the students is based upon:  Written examination in the end of the semester  Submission of 10-12 exercises-tutorials  Field work performance and report Lectures: 9 digital presentations (PowerPoint) are prepared Tutorials: 10 presenting papers (in most of the papers there are more than 1 exercises. They are provided to the students in printed and digital form. Supporting booklets in digital and printed form (in 2012-13 they were given for the tutorials 1,2,4,5,8 and 10). The booklet (around 10 pages) of every tutorial has as structure: Purpose-scope, solution «keys» – theoretical background guidance, step by step solution, form of the answers, references. 10 presentations are prepared for every paper (different than those of the lectures). They are provided in digital form.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Description
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page. 2) The teacher communicates with students through e-mail.
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures260.9
Tutorial260.9
Total521.7
Student Assessment
Description
The final evaluation of the students is based upon: - Written examination in the end of the semester - Submission of 10-12 exercises-tutorials - Field work performance and report
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Λεπτομερείς παρουσιάσεις στο διαδίκτυο (site: http://users.auth.gr/christar/ Edu 9. CHRISTARAS, B. (2006): Soil mechanics laboratory and in situ tests. Techn Chamber of Gr, 2nd Ed. 144p Edu 10. CHRISTARAS, B. (2010). Simple steps on soil mechanics. University Studio Press, 276 p (in Greek)
Additional bibliography for study
Edu 1. CHRISTARAS B. (1992): logging methods in boreholes. Geotechnical News (Geotechnical Chamber of Greece), v. 39, Nov. 1992, pp. 41-56 Edu 2. CHRISTARAS B. (2003): Natural building stones. Technical characteristics – Non destructive methods of study. Notes for the post-graduate courses of “Monument protection”, NTUA – Dept. Chem. Eng. 25p. Edu 3. CHRISTARAS, B. (2004). Soil Mechanics. AUTH Web Courses, www.geo.auth.gr/883/ , 149p Edu 4. CHRISTARAS, B. (2004). Laboratory tests of soil mechanics. AUTH Web Courses, www.geo.auth.gr , 133p Edu 5. CHRISTARAS, B & CHATZIANGELOU, M. (2004). Rock mass Description and Classification. AUTH Web courses, www.geo.auth.gr/883/ 28p. Edu 6. CHRISTARAS, B. MAKEDON, TH. & VASALAKIS, AN. (2004). Diamond Core Bits. AUTH Web courses, www.geo.auth.gr/883/ 46p. Edu 7. CHRISTARAS, B. (2005). Landslides (Gr) AUTH Web Courses, www.geo.auth.gr/883/ Edu 8. CHRISTARAS, B. (2005). Landslides (Gr) AUTH Web Courses, www.geo.auth.gr/883/ Edu 9. CHRISTARAS, B. (2006): Soil mechanics laboratory and in situ tests. Techn Chamber of Gr, 2nd Ed. 144p Edu 10. CHRISTARAS, B. (2010). Simple steps on soil mechanics. University Studio Press, 276 p (in Greek) Edu_11 CHRISTARAS, B. & CHATZIANGELOU (2010). Soil Mechanic Formulas AUTH
Last Update
26-09-2017