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ES94W - Geological Investigation & Ground Characterisation

  • 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

The excavation and support of underground space is primarily dependent upon the ground conditions. The geological and hydrological properties of the ground must be determined (site investigation) and the geotechnical properties evaluated (insitu 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

"At completion, students will 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 the 3D ground structure; Determine the environmental impact of underground works due to the nature of the ground. "

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES94W-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Test 20%
  3 hour examination (locally held exam) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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