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Civil Engineering Master Information
Master Studies (Programme Regulations 2020)
Major Courses
Major in Geotechnical Engineering
101-0318-01LTunnelling II
Prerequisite: Tunnelling I
W+3 credits2GG. Anagnostou, M. Ramoni
AbstractGeotechnical aspects of mechanized tunnelling in soft ground or hard rock. Tunnelling through squeezing rock. Tunnelling through swelling rock.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the geotechnics of mechanized tunnelling.
Tunnel design and construction for high rock pressures.
ContentClosed shield tunnelling - geotechnical aspects
Tunnelling by hard rockTBMs - geotechnical aspects
Tunnelling through squeezing rock - design and analysis issues
Tunnelling through swelling rock - design and analysis issues
Lecture notesNotes
101-0558-00LBlasting Technique Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 24
W2 credits3GM. J. Kapp, D. Kohler, U. Streuli, M. A. von Ah
AbstractTransfer of detailled knowledge of efficient blasting techniques for tunnel and open excavation under consideration of modern explosives and firing systems as well as aspects of HSE.
ObjectiveAdvanced knowledge for planning and execution of blasting activities in open excavation or underground.
Content- Detailled theoretical and practical basics of blasting technology
- Application and effectiveness of explosives
- Application and effectiveness of nonel, electrical and electronical firing systems
- Highly effective blasting technology for open and underground excavation
Lecture notesA literature list is included in the skript.
LiteratureA literature list is included in the skript.
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Teilnehmer müssen die Prüfungen folgender Lehrveranstaltungen bestanden haben:
•Geologie und Petrographie (1. Sem. BSc)
•Fels- und Untertagbau (6. Sem. BSc)

Der erfolgreiche Abschluss dieses Seminars berechtigt zur Teilnahme an der Prüfung zur Erlangung des Sprengausweises C für Kaderaufgaben.

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101-0368-00LConstitutive and Numerical Modelling in Geotechnics Restricted registration - show details
The priority is given to the students with Major in Geotechnics.
W+6 credits4GA. Puzrin, D. Hauswirth
AbstractThis course aims to achieve a basic understanding of conventional continuum mechanics approaches to constitutive and numerical modeling of soils in getechnical problems. We focus on applications of the constitutive models within the available numerical codes. Important issue of derivation of model parameters from the lab tests has also received considerable attention.
ObjectiveThis course targets geotechnical engineers, who face these days more often the necessity of the numerical analysis in their practice. Understanding of the limitations of the built-in constitutive models is crucial for critical assessment of the results of numerical calculations, and, hence, for the conservative and cost efficient design of geotechnical structures.
The purpose of this course has been to bridge the gap between the graduate courses in Geomechanics and those in Numerical Modeling. Traditionally, in many geotechnical programs, Geomechanics is not taught within the rigorous context of Continuum Mechanics. There is a good reason for that – the behavior of soils is very complex: it is more advantageous to explain it at a semi-empirical level, instead of scaring the students away with cumbersome mathematical models. However, when it comes to Numerical Modeling courses, these are often taught using commercially available finite elements (e.g. ABAQUS, PLAXIS) or finite differences (e.g. FLAC) software, which utilize constitutive relationships within the Continuous Mechanics framework. Quite often students have to learn the challenging subject of constitutive modeling from a program manual!
ContentThis course is introductory - by no means does it claim any completeness and state of the art in such a dynamically developing field as constitutive and numerical modeling of soils. Our intention is to achieve a basic understanding of conventional continuum mechanics approaches to constitutive and numerical modeling, which can serve as a foundation for exploring more advanced theories. We focus on applications of the constitutive models within the available numerical codes. Important issue of derivation of model parameters from the lab tests has also received considerable attention.
Lecture notesHandout notes
Example worksheets
Literature- Puzrin, A.M. (2012). Constitutive Modelling in Geomechanics: Introduction. Springer Verlag. Heidelberg, 312 p.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
101-0378-00LSoil Dynamics Information W4 credits2GI. Anastasopoulos, A. Marin, L. Sakellariadis, T. M. Weber
AbstractBasic knowledge to explore soil dynamic problems, introduction into geotechnical earthquake engineering and solve simple problems
ObjectiveGoal of the lecture is to achieve a basic knowledge of soil dynamics, to be able to solve simple problems and to specify the tasks for specialists for more complex problems in different fields involved.
ContentBasics of dynamics:
Differences between soil mechanics and soil dynamics. Repition of spring - mass - damping systems. Wave propagation in ideal and non ideal soil conditions.
Dynamical Soil Properties:
Constitutive Modelling of Soils, Soil parameter for different soil types. Soil liquefaction. Determination of soil parameters in field and laboratory investigation.
Applications: Vibration calculation and isolation, geotechnical earthquake engineering from seismic hazard site amplification towards aspects of design on foundations and geotechnical structures.
Lecture notesbook (in German, see there), supported with paper and notes, which will be made available online
LiteratureTowhata, I. (2008) Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. Springer Verlag, Berlin

Kramer, S. L. (1996) Geotechnical earthquake engineering. Pearson Education India.
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowledge of mechanics and soil mechanics is required
101-0302-00LClays in Geotechnics: Problems and ApplicationsW3 credits2GM. Plötze
AbstractThis course gives a comprehensive introduction in clay mineralogy, properties, characterising and testing methods as well as applied aspects and problems of clays and clay minerals in geotechnics.
ObjectiveUpon successful completion of this course the student is able to:
- Describe clay minerals and their fundamental properties
- Describe/propose methods for characterisation of clays and clay minerals
- Draw conclusion about specific properties of clays with a focus to their potential use, problematics and things to consider in geotechnics and engineering geology.
Content- Introduction to clays and clay minerals (importance and application in geosciences, industry and everyday life)
- Origin of clays (formation of clays and clay minerals, geological origin)
- Clay mineral structure, classification and identification incl. methods for investigation (e.g., XRD)
- Properties of clay materials, characterisation and quantification incl. methods for investigation (e.g., cation exchange, rheology, plasticity, shearing, swelling, permeability, retardation and diffusion)
- Clay Minerals in geotechnics: Problems and applications (e.g. soil mechanics, barriers, slurry walls, tunnelling)
Lecture notesLecture slides and further documents will be provided.
101-0388-00LPlanning of Underground Space Information Restricted registration - show details W3 credits2GA. Cornaro
AbstractUrban underground space is the undiscovered or underutilised asset that can help shape the cities of the future. Planning the urban subsurface calls for multi disciplinary professionals to work together in shaping a new urban tissue beneath our cities. The need to plan the third dimension in the subsurface is critical in making our cities future proof, resilient and sustainable.
ObjectiveGain an appreciation and knowledge of what lies beneath our feet and what an asset the underground is for our cities. The need to plan this asset is more complex than on the surface, as it is invisible and in parts impenentrable. We look at methods and tools to gain an understanding of the subsurface and what issues and challenges are involved in planning it.
ContentWeekly lectures on various topics involving cities and the subsurface:
•Major aspects of urban development
•The Subsurface as the final frontier
•Historical approaches to underground space development
•Urban sustainability aspects
•Modelling and mapping the underground
•Policy building and urban planning
•Design and architecture -creating a new urban tissue
•Constructability of underground spaces
•Future cities -resilient cities
•Governance and legal challenges
•Investment aspects and value capture
•Future proofing our infrastructure
•Best practice of underground space use
•Excursion to underground facility (if possible)
•Guest speakers on relevant topics
Lecture notes•Presentation slides
•Book: Underground Spaces Unveiled: Planning and Creating the Cities of the Future, ICE Publishing, 2018, Admiraal, H., Cornaro, A., ISBN 978-0-7277-6145-3
•Numerous additional relevant book excerpts and articles, as well as relevant videos
•Material from guest presenters
•See also link "learning materials"
Literaturevarious articles and books will be recommended during the course

please see also weblinks "learning materials"
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