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Civil Engineering Master Information
Master Studies (Programme Regulations 2020)
1. Semester
Major Courses
Major in Geotechnical Engineering
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
101-0317-00LTunnelling IW+3 credits2GG. Anagnostou, E. Pimentel
AbstractBasic aspects of design and analysis of underground structures. Conventional tunnel construction methods. Auxiliary measures (ground improvement and drainage, forepoling, face reinforcement). Numerical analysis methods.
ObjectiveBasic aspects of design and analysis of underground structures. Conventional tunnel construction methods. Auxiliary measures (ground improvement and drainage, forepoling, face reinforcement). Numerical analysis methods.
ContentNumerical analysis methods in tunnelling.
Conventional excavation methods (full face, top heading and bench, side drift method, ...)
Auxiliary measures:
- Injections
- Jet grouting
- Ground freezing
- Drainage
- Forepoling
- Face reinforcement
Lecture notesAutographieblätter
LiteratureEmpfehlungen
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Decision-makingassessed
101-0357-00LTheoretical and Experimental Soil Mechanics Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisites: Mechanics I, II and III.

The number of participants is limited to 60 due to the existing laboratory equipment! Students with major in Geotechnical Engineering have priority. Registrations will be accepted in the order they are received.
W+6 credits4GI. Anastasopoulos, R. Herzog, E. Korre, A. Marin, M. Schneider
AbstractOverview of soil behaviour
Explanation of typical applications: reality, modelling, laboratory tests with transfer of results to the practical examples
Consolidation theory and typical applications in practice
Triaxial & direct shear tests: consolidation & shear, drained & undrained response
Plasticity theory & Critical State Soil Mechanics, Cam Clay
Application of plasticity theory
ObjectiveExtend knowledge of theoretical approaches that can be used to describe soil behaviour to enable students to carry out more advanced geotechnical design and to plan the appropriate laboratory tests to obtain relevant parameters for coupled plasticity models of soil behaviour.
A further goal is to give students the wherewithal to be able to select an appropriate constitutive model and set up insitu stress conditions in preparation for subsequent numerical modelling (e.g. with finite elements).
ContentOverview of soil behaviour
Discussion of general gaps between basic theory and soil response
Stress paths in practice & in laboratory tests
Explanation of typical applications: reality, modelling, laboratory tests with transfer of results to the practical examples
Consolidation theory for incremental and continuous loading oedometer tests and typical applications in practice
Triaxial & direct shear tests: consolidation & shear, drained & undrained response
Plasticity theory & Critical State Soil Mechanics, Cam Clay
Application of plasticity theory
Lecture notesPrinted script with web support
Exercises
LiteratureLink
Prerequisites / NoticeLectures will be conducted as Problem Based Learning within the framework of a case history
Virtual laboratory in support of 'hands-on' experience of selected laboratory tests

Pre-requirements: Basic knowledge in soil mechanics as well as knowledge of advanced mechanics
Laboratory equipment will be available for 60 students. First priority goes to those registered for the geotechnics specialty in the Masters, 2nd year students then first year students, doctoral students qualifying officially for their PhD status and then 'first come, first served'.
101-0307-00LDesign and Construction in Geotechnical Engineering Restricted registration - show details W4 credits3GI. Anastasopoulos, A. Marin
AbstractThis lecture deals with the practical application of the knowledge gained in the fundamental lectures from the Bachelor degree.
The basics of planing and design of geotechnical structures will be taught for the main topics geotechical engineers are faced to in practice.
ObjectiveTransfer of the fundamental knowledge taught in the Bachelor degree to practical application.
Ability to plan and design geotechnical structures based on the state of the art.
ContentIntroduction to Swisscode SIA
Foundations and settlements
Pile foundations
Excavations
Slopes
Soil nailing
Reinforced geosystems
Ground improvement
River levees
Lecture notesScript in the form of chapters and powerpoint overheads with web support (Link)
Exercises
LiteratureRelevant literature will be stated during the lectures
Prerequisites / NoticePre-condition: Successful examinations (pass) in the geotechnical studies (soil mechanics and ground engineering, each 5 credits) in the Bachelor degree of Civil Engineering (ETH), or equivalent for new students.

The lecture contains at least one presentation from practice.
101-0369-00LForensic Geotechnical Engineering Information Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisites: successful participation in "Geotechnical Engineering" (101-0315-00L) or an equivalent course.
W3 credits2GA. Puzrin
AbstractIn this course selected famous geotechnical failures are investigated with the following purpose: (a) to deepen understanding of the geotechnical risks and possible solutions; (b) to practice design and analysis methods; (c) to learn the techniques for investigation of failures; (d) to learn the techniques for mitigation of the failure damage.
ObjectiveIn this course selected famous geotechnical failures are investigated with the following purpose: (a) to deepen understanding of the geotechnical risks and possible solutions; (b) to practice design and analysis methods; (c) to learn the techniques for investigation of failures; (d) to learn the techniques for mitigation of the failure damage.
ContentFailure due to the loading history
Failure due to excessive settlements
Failure due to the leaning instability
Bearing capacity failure
Excavation failure
Failure in the creeping landslides
Failure evolution in submarine landslides
Construction in the landslide influence zone
Delayed failure in snow avalanches
Lecture notesLecture notes
Exercises
LiteraturePuzrin, A.M.; Alonso, E.E.; Pinyol, N.M.: Geomechanics of Failures. Springer, 2010.

Alonso, E.E.; Pinyol, N.M.; Puzrin, A.M.: Geomechanics of Failures. Advanced Topics. Springer, 2010

Lang, H.J; Huder, J; Amann, P.; Puzrin, A.M.: Bodenmechanik und Grundbau, Springer-Lehrbuch, 9. Auflage, 2010.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is given in the first MSc semester.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge in Geotechnical Engineering (Course content of "Grundbau" or similar lecture).
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Decision-makingassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Problem-solvingassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Negotiationfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
101-0517-10LConstruction Management for TunnelingW3 credits2GH. Ehrbar
Abstract- Construction methods for conventional tunneling in loose material and in hard rock conditions (tunnel, shaft and cavern construction)
- Construction methods for mechanical excavation
- Decision criteria for the selection of tunneling method
- Construction facilities, logistics and construction management
ObjectiveTransfer of practical knowledge regarding
- Selection of tunneling methods
- Execution and working cycles in conventional and mechanical tunneling
- Management of the muck and of materials
- Quality control and monitoring during construction
- Occupational health and safety requirements and environmental requirements
- Maintenance
The students will be enabled to work on an underground construction project in the preliminary and final design phase as a planner (taking into account contractor's considerations).
Contentgeneral basics
- Codes SIA 196, SIA 197, SIA 198, SIA 118/198
- Knowledge of the tunneling methods
- Decision-making principles for the selection of the tunneling method
- Construction site logistics (transport, ventilation, cooling, water, material management)
- Construction materials

Conventional tunneling
- Excavation methods (full breakout / partial breakout)
- rock support
- Impermeabilisation
- Inner lining

Mechanical tunneling
- Open TBM (Gripper TBM), rock support concepts
- Shield TBM's in rock and loose ground

Inner lining
- Impermeabilisation and drainage
- Inner lining
- Cable ducts
Lecture notesCharts of the lecture and references
LiteratureReferences to the usual specialist literature will be made in the course of the lecture
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