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ES95A - Underground Construction Methods

  • Module code: ES95A
  • Module name: Underground Construction Methods
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module establishes a framework for the MSc course allowing students to recognise the diversity and complexity of underground excavations and associated works. The subject is first placed within a historical context and then discusses current issues and future direction of the industry.

Principal learning outcomes

"At completion, students will be able to: Evaluate a project specification and ground conditions to select appropriate methods for excavation and support. Critique concepts for the future use of underground space and innovative methods of construction. Systematically describe and classify underground works according to type, use and construction methods; Evaluate at least one current technical challenge or issue in tunnelling; Predict and monitor surface movements resulting from underground excavations. "

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: ES95A-30)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Test 1 10%
  Test 2 10%
  1st 3 hour examination (locally held exam) 40%
  2nd 3 hour examination (locally held exam) 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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