Engineering Geology

Course Information
TitleΤΕΧΝΙΚΗ ΓΕΩΛΟΓΙΑ / Engineering Geology
CodeNGGG 503Y
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600019037

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course537

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
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. More analytically, the scope of this course is the evaluation of the geological information into geotechnical parameters and the appraisal of the geomaterial’s behaviour for the design and construction of engineering works (like tunnels, dams, cuts, embankments, foundations and port works). The role of the geological model for the engineering works. Site investigation (boreholes, laboratory and in-situ testing, engineering geological mapping). Engineering geological characteristics of rocks and soils that influences their strength and deformability. Shear strength of soils and rocks. Geotechnical classifications. Landslides and slope stability. Dams – Selection of dam axis location and type of dam based on the engineering geological appreciation (strength, water tightness). Tunnels and underground works: Identification of the engineering geological conditions along the tunnel and prediction on the behaviour. Seismotectonics and engineering works. Students are working on a number of tutorials and submit every week an exercise, while they are trained in the field (one-day and two multiple days field trip) in engineering works. For the purpose of the tutorials, three supportive materials are provided: A. Presentation (power point) of the exercise, B. Supportive sheet-booklet of to work and solve the exercise, C. Analytical presentation of the exercise. For the theory, a series of power point presentations are provided and at the beginning of each ppt presentation it is provided, where the student should focus more for the learning outcomes.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
Course Content (Syllabus)
13 lectures are given. The topics that are taught are: - Introduction (Topics of Engineering Geology-The role of Engineering geology in engineering works) - Site investigation tools - Engineering geology of soils (consistence, soil description, Physical characteristics) - Engineering geology of soils (shear strength, Mohr-Coulomb failure criteria) - Engineering geology of rocks (Physical, Mechanical properties of rocks and discontinuities) - Rock mass strength-Geotechnical classification (GSI, RMR, Q) - Engineering Geology of Sedimentary, Igneous and metamorphic rocks. - Landslides - Slope stability - Dams - Foundations 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: - The importance of the geological model in major construction projects. The consequences from its ignorance or misinterpretation. - Evaluation of site investigation program: Construction of geological and engineering geological sections from sampling boreholes, laboratory and in-situ tests - Geostatic stresses (Total and Effective stresses, Pore pressures) - 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. - 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). - 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. - Cuts. Rock slope stability. Kinematic analysis. Definition of Factor of Safety. Groundwater influence. Rock slope support - 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. - Dams II. Water tightness below the dam. Lugeon tests. Grout curtain against seepage and internal erosion - Tunnels. Evaluation of Engineering geological conditions along a tunnel. Behaviour types. Groundwater inflows. - Geotechnical classifications in tunneling. GSI, RMR and Q classifications - Seismotectonics and engineering projects. Evaluation of the seismic hazard. Evaluation of the liquefaction susceptibility of soil deposits.
Engineering works, site investigation, physical and mechanical properties of soils and rock-rock masses, slope stability, landslides, tunnels, dams, foundations
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page 2) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the e-learning platform 3) The teacher communicates with students through email and Facebook 4) The class evaluation is performed through the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Course Organization
Laboratory Work65
Reading Assigment14
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities8
Written assigments10
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) Κούκης Γεώργιος Χ. , Σαμπατακάκης Νικόλαος Σ. Τεχνική Γεωλογία. ISBN: 9789607530097. Εκδότης: Παπασωτηρίου 2) Κούκης Γεώργιος Χ. , Σαμπατακάκης Νικόλαος Σ. Γεωλογία τεχνικών έργων. ISBN: 9789607530950. Εκδότης: Παπασωτηρίου
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