651-4066-00L  Engineering Geological Field Course II (Rocks)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. Ziegler
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 18.


651-4066-00 PEngineering Geological Field Course II (Rocks)
10 days field course
80s hrsM. Ziegler

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course focuses on characterizing and classifying rock masses in the field as done in preliminary and advanced stages of site assessments.
ObjectiveThe objectives of this course are to provide the student the necessary skills to carry out field mapping investigations and rock mass data acquisitions for assessing the rock mass conditions, focusing on quantifying geologic elements that have a primary influence on the project at hand, and processing and interpreting the acquired data in order to developing a geomechanical site model.
ContentThis course covers methodologies and techniques to characterize and classify rock masses in the perspective of specific engineering objectives. This includes field characterization of intact rock types and properties (lithology, rock and rock mass strength, degree of weathering, etc.), quantifying their associated discontinuity networks, mapping and characterization of faults in terms of their engineering relevance, and the use of geomorphology in engineering geology field investigations.

The integration and correlation of data acquired from different mapping techniques and areas (aerial/terrestrial photograph interpretation, surface outcrop mapping, underground outcrop mapping, core logging) is also part of this course. Relevant software programs will be introduced during the course and applied by the students.
Lecture notesDetails on the course program will be made availbale here: Link
(-> Master of Science -> Spring Semester -> Engineering Geology Field Course II)
Prerequisites / NoticeGeography and Earth System Sciences students UZH may attend this field course at full costs (no subsidies).

Students registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW Link

The field course is carried out during 2x5 days in mid-July. The student is expected to prepare for the field course in advance. The course structure will be presented to the student at the beginning of the spring semester.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. Ziegler
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe field course will be graded as follows:
25% Topic presentation during the course (topic prepared prior to the field course)
25% Student active participation in the field
50% Exercises based on acquired field data

There will be no full report!

Learning materials

Main linkInformation on Excursions and Field Courses of D-ERDW
Additional linksCourse page on engineering geology website
Terms and Conditions for Excursions and Field Courses at D-ERDW
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


Places18 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEnvironmental Engineering MSc (127000)
Earth Sciences MSc (660000)
Applied Geophysics MSc (662000)
Doctorate Earth Sciences (664002)
Doctorate Earth Sciences ETH-UZH (665000)
Doctorate Earth Sciencess UZH-ETH (665100)
Waiting listuntil 22.02.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 07.03.2021

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Earth Sciences MasterEngineering Geology: MethodsOInformation