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Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course VTGN01F valid from Autumn 2021

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  • The main aim of the course is to increase the student's knowledge of the importance and possible content of preinvestigations concerning large infrastructure projects. Geological methodology for reconnaissance and mapping is included as an important part, and geophysical measurement technology is a central part of the course. Furthermore, drilling and sampling technology including methodology of classification and interpretation are parts of the course. A main theme of the course is integrated utilization and interpretation of the different steps and methods within the field investigation process. An important part of the content is consisting of field measurements for engineering and environmental applications, which here mean investigations applied on problems related to engineering geology, foundation engineering, hydrogeology, groundwater protection and contaminated soil. The course includes training in applied interpretation and evaluation methodology and also presentation techniques, as essential parts of the course are organized as a real field investigation. Hereby, the ability of reviewing and producing background material for decisions are trained for different demands and levels of investigation, related to hydrogeological, environmental and large infrastructure projects.

  • The aim of the course is achieved by a combination of theoretical studies of measuring principles, planning and execution of field investigations, writing of a technical report and oral presentation at a seminar. The course is dominated by a major compulsory project work which is carried out in groups of three students. The field investigation project consists of establishing a conceptual model, numerical premodelling for design of investigation strategy, field investigation, data processing, inverse modelling, interpretation and also written and oral presentation of results. The field investigation comprises three days and consists of geological field reconnaissance, measurements with a couple of geophysical methods in combination with other field investigation methods as drilling, penetration testing and digging of test pits. Two of the days are carried out in small groups of about three-four students with one teacher per group.

    During the project work with interpretation and reporting of the field investigations there are frequent possibilities to consult a teacher. The project assignment is presented as a written technical report and it is also presented orally by each group and discussed at the final seminar of the course. Detailed written and oral feedback from the teachers is offered to each group of three students .

Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to describe how information regarding the underground can be sampled, interpreted and presented in a modern way.
    be able to define and describe principles and basic theory of the geophyscial methods included in the course.
    be able to describe non-destructive testing methods and how they can be connected to other kinds of field investigation methods and measurements.
    be able to give an account for possibilities and limitations of different field investigation methods within engineering and environmental applications.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • have an ability to apply conceptual descriptions based on the geological conditions.
    be able to design a preinvestigation programme starting from the geological, hydrogeological and soil and rock mechanical prerequisites combined with the civil engineering and environmental demands of an infrastructural project.
    be able to use and understand the basic principles of softwares for simulation, analysis and interpretation of geophysical measurements.
    be able to carry out and interpret measurements with a couple of selected geophysical measuring instruments, for example geoelectrical and seismic equipment.
    be able to assess and also to present a preinvestigation orally and in written form for engineers, politicians and the public.
    show an ability to independently seek and assess the value of information regarding environmental issues including groundwater conditions.
    show an ability to select method for verification of indirect measurement, e.g. geophysical measurements.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • understand the preinvestigation process as such and its importance for civil engineering, building construction and environmental projects.
    demonstrate to have adopted an attitude, which emphasize and valuate co-operation between different professionals and experts when planning and executing projects dealing with the application of geophysical methods within engineering geology, geotechnics, hydrogeology, groundwater protection and contaminated soil and rock.
    show evidence of realizing the need for a multidisciplinary attitude and simultaneous evaluation of geotechnical, geological, hydrological, hydraulic, chemical, ecological, anthropogenic and other conditions when dealing with problems related to ground, groundwater and environment.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Exercises
  • Project
Examination Formats
  • Written exam
  • Written report
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • - VTGA01 Engineering Geology OR VTGA05 Engineering Geology - FMIN40 Environmental Systems Studies: Environmental Impact Assessment OR FKFN35 Methods for Environmental Monitoring OR FMIF05 Environmental Management OR VTGF01 Rock Mechanics and Construction OR VTGN10 Groundwater Engineering OR corresponding knowledge and skills, evaluated at admission
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • FMAB30 Calculus in Several Variables.
Selection Criteria
  • Course material in the form of articles and text extracts. Distributed during the course.
Further Information
Course code
  • VTGN01F
Administrative Information
  • 2021-03-31
  • Professor Thomas Johansson

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

3 course occasions.

Course code ▽ Course Name ▽ Division ▽ Established ▽ Course syllabus valid from ▽ Start Date ▽ End Date ▽ Published ▽
VTGN01F Field Investigation Methodology Engineering Geology 2021‑04‑13 Autumn 2021 2021‑08‑30 2021‑10‑30 2021‑04‑13
VTGN01F Field Investigation Methodology Engineering Geology 2022‑04‑07 Autumn 2021 2022‑08‑29 2022‑10‑29 2022‑04‑07
VTGN01F Field Investigation Methodology Engineering Geology 2023‑08‑14 Autumn 2021 2023‑08‑28 2023‑10‑29 2023‑08‑14

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