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Aims of the course

The principal objective of this course is to teach participants how to apply geological field skills to help solve engineering problems. This will be carried out by using guided field exercises, in which the participants learn by carrying out realistic project related work, in the field, whilst being supervised by experienced practitioners.

The exercises the participants will complete are related to:

  • Coastal erosion and shore protection
  • Dams
  • Bridges
  • Underground caverns
  • Construction material assessment and reserve estimation
  • Assessing landslide terrain with respect to hazards and construction

The engineering geological skills that participants will develop include:

  • Engineering geological¬†mapping for a range of purposes.
  • The systematic description of geo-materials.
  • Rock defect identification and measurement.
  • Rock defect kinematic stability analysis using stereonets.
  • Terrain evaluation using aerial photographs.
  • 3D geological evaluation by structure contouring.

During the course, participants will develop an understanding of:

  • The engineering geological environment as a product of the total geology geomorphological and anthropogenic history of an area.
  • Geological processes and process rates.
  • The different engineering implications of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic environments.
  • The role of the engineering geologist in the investigation, design and construction of a project.
  • How to communicate successfully with other geotechnical professionals, designers and constructors involved in ground engineering.