Special Topics in Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology

Course Information
TitleΕΙΔΙΚΑ ΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΒΡΑΧΟΜΗΧΑΝΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΕΧΝΙΚΗΣ ΓΕΩΛΟΓΙΑΣ / Special Topics in Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology
SchoolCivil Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID20000135

Programme of Study: PPS TPM - EISAKTEOI APO 2022 KAI EXĪS

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Programme of Study: PPS TPM (EISACΗTHENTES EŌS KAI 2021)

Registered students: 72
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Division of Structural EngineeringElective Courses954
Division of Hydraulics and Environmental EngineeringElective Courses954
Division of Geotechnical EngineeringElective Courses954
Division of Transport and Project ManagementElective Courses954

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
1. ΤΓ1500
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After the succesful completion of the course, the students are expected to: • Identify and evaluate the plausible rock mass failure mechanisms • estimate and calculate the safety factor on large scale projects • know the principles on how to draft a geotechnical study • use up to date numerical analysis software to simulate the discontinuum medium
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Empirical, computing and observational approach of designing in rock mechanics related issues. Stereo-geographical mapping of discontinuities. Investigation of plausible failure mechanisms. Safety factor. Methodology of drafting geotechnical studies – composition of geotechnical underground model - analytical methods – monitoring of a project. Current computing Rock Mechanics. Simulation of rock mass either as equivalent continuum medium or as a discontinuum medium. Τwo- dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) numerical analyses using up to date software. Examples of existing large scale projects
Plausible failure mechanisms, Safety factor, Simulation of rock mass, Continuum and discontinuum medium, Numerical methods
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
Course Organization
Laboratory Work110.4
Reading Assigment401.4
Written assigments220.8
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
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