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ES94W Geological Investigation and Ground Characterization

  • Module code: ES94W
  • Module name: Geological Investigation & Ground Characterisation
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To understand the geological and hydrogeological properties of the ground and how these are determined though site investigation, in situ testing and laboratory testing. The module aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge to collect, evaluate and interpret this data which is frequently complex because of the variability inherent in the ground.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: • Evaluate a project proposal and plan an appropriate strategy for a site investigation; • Interpret data gained through site investigation and make appropriate recommendations for a specified project; • Conceptualise complex 3D ground structure • Determine the environmental impact of underground works due to the nature of the ground. • Understand the relationships of ground investigations and contracts and evaluate the sharing of ground risk between parties to the contract

Timetabled teaching activities

12 hrs lectures, 11 hrs tutorials, 10 hrs fieldwork/visits and a 1 hr laboratory. Total of 34 hours.

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Other essential notes

The module is taught in a five-day intensive block (excluding Wednesday afternoon). Pre reading is required before the module with an unseen written test at the beginning of the module. A feedback session is included on this test. Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material. The module is available as a standalone CPD course for external attendees.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES94W-15)
B1 (Examination only) Written Examination (Locally Held) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Tunnelling and Underground Space (H214) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Tunnelling and Underground Space (H214) - Year 2