Course code Ģeol4001

Credit points 1.50

Engineering Geology

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for laboratory classes8

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation22.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Soil and Plant Science

Course developer

author Augsnes un augu zinātņu institūts

Ilze Vircava

Dr. geol.

Course abstract

The study course of engineering geology give knowledge about variety of soil rocks as environment for building fundamentals and construction work, as well as geological processes, identifying them impact on building stability. In the study course discussed about soil properties as multicomponent system where the composition, structure, texture and other properties of soil rocks are characterized by the peculiarities of the rock hard fraction. Geological processes for the safety and stability of building units as well as the influence of building units on geological environment.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge about soil type and structure, ongoing geological processes in nature.
• Skills – analyze data of engineering geology and estimate area engineering geology conditions: geological structure (hydrogeological conditions, geological processes, soil type and bedding), place suitability for building estimation.
• Competence, critical assessment capability of geological aspects in foundation area, define preventive activities for soils consolidation or preclusion of potential geological processes.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Basic tasks and role of engineering geology in construction.
2. Minerals. Mineral classification and identification methods. Training collections studies.
3. Endogenous geological processes. Construction peculiarities in earthquake zones.
4. Rocks forming minerals. Training collections studies.
5. Exogenous geological processes and role in building design and construction.
6. Igneous rocks and their physical-mechanical properties. Training collections studies.
7. Soil classification and characteristics.
8. Metamorphic rocks and their physical-mechanical properties. Training collections studies.
9. The link between geological structure and geological processes with geomorphology.
10. Sedimentary rocks and their physical-mechanical properties. Training collections studies.
11. Groundwater classification and related geological processes.
12. The role of geological maps and geological in building design and construction.
13. Geological activity of surface water.
14. Geological profile construction by drilling data.
15. Research methods in engineering geology.

16. Evaluation of engineering geological data.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Written test in grade 1-10.
• Test summarize lectures and laboratory works topics.
• The students write the final test at the end of the study course.

• A student is admitted to the final examination (test) if the tests of the practical work have been successfully completed and the geological profile has been submitted.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independently prepares answers to the questions given by the lecturer about the topics of the lectures. Independently completes and submits the geological profile.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student is admitted to the final examination (test) if the tests of the practical work have been successfully completed and the geological profile has been submitted. The students write the final test at the end of the study course, which summarizes both lectures and laboratory works thematic.

Compulsory reading

1. Karpovičs A., Mešķis S., Vircava I. 2019. Praktiskie darbi inženierģeoloģijā. Rēzekne: Rēzeknes Tehnoloģiju akadēmija. 111 lpp.1, ISBN 978-9984-44-230-3
2. Bell, F.G. 2004. Engineering geology and construction. London; New York: Spon Press, 797 p.
3. Bell, F.G. 2007. Engineering geology, 2nd Edition, An Imprint of Elsevier, Butterworth-Heinemann, 581 p.
4. Ģeoloģija, augsnes zin., agroķīmija: Metodiskie norādījumi mācību praksei. 2008. Kārkliņa A. red., Jelgava: LLU, 88 lpp.

5. Filipenkovs V., Tūna M., Grabis J. 2006. Ģeotehnikas pamatkurss. Lekcijas un praktiskās nodarbības. Rīga, RTU, 166 lpp.

Further reading

1. Indāns A., Ošiņa J., Zobena A. 1986. Inženierģeoloģija. Rīga, Zvaigzne, 280 lpp.
2. Terzaghi, K., Peck, R. B., Mesri, G., 1996. Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice. John Wiley and Sons, New York, 549 pp.

3. Mitchell, J. K., Soga, K., 2005. Fundamentals of soil behavior. John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 575 pp.

Notes

The study course is designed for Professional Higher Education Bachelor's study program Civil Engineering.