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.

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: http://www.engineeringgeology.ethz.ch/teaching.html
(-> 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.