101-0314-10L  Soil Mechanics (for Environmental Engineers)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersI. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, A. Marin
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for Environmental Engineering MSc.


101-0314-10 GSoil Mechanics (for Environmental Engineers)2 hrs
Tue09:45-11:30HIL E 1 »
Thu13:45-15:30HIL E 1 »
I. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, A. Marin

Catalogue data

AbstractFundamentals of soil mechanics including key processes: classification, stresses and their distribution in soils, influence of groundwater in soils and on structures, piping, erosion and filters, stress-strain relationships, stress history, stiffness, strength, slope stability.
ObjectiveFundamentals in soil mechanics and geotechnics will be presented in order to:
* understand soil as a multi-phase hydro-mechanical system
* obtain parameters essential for classification and description of soil
* recognise key aspects of soil behaviour and the implications of this for obtaining and characterising the stress-strain response and deriving associated parameters (stiffness and strength).
ContentIntroduction, basic terms, classification.
Total and effective stresses, stress distribution in soils.
Influence of groundwater in soil, hydraulic fracture (piping), erosion and filters.
Stress-strain relationships, stress history, stiffness, strength.
Limit equilibrium, slope stability.
Lecture notesNotes with Web support:
http://geotip.igt.ethz.ch (also available in English)
Lang, H.-J.; Huder, J.; Amann, P.; Puzrin, A.M.: Bodenmechanik und Grundbau, Springer-Lehrbuch
8. Auflage, 2007
Prerequisites / NoticeExrercises, laboratory exercises in groups and offered virtually as computer aided learning (GEOTip)

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersI. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, A. Marin
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationOptional learning task, i.e. GEOTip Quizzies -> can improve the total course unit grade by up to 0.25 grade points if 90% of quizzies are completed successfully.
Written aidsPart 1: Comprehension: no additional written aids.
Part 2: Tasks: all written aids are allowed with the exception of means of communication
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkGEOTip
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEnvironmental Engineering MSc (127000)

Offered in

Environmental Engineering MasterEM: SoilWInformation