2024 Geotechnical Engineering in Practice

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Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Takahashi Akihiro  Sawada Mai  Kawagoe Takeshi 
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Course description and aims

Under various geological process the ground has formed with complex layers which composed of various types of soil with different properties. In other words every ground has its unique feature. Furthermore almost all structures on the Earth are constructed on or in the ground. Therefore, the unique geological condition in a particular construct site is a critical condition in the plan, detail design, construction, and even maintenance of the structure.
In this lecture the followings are instructed in the view points of geological and geotechnical engineering.
1) Geological and geotechnical investigation to obtain the geological condition and geotechnical properties
2) Construction technology used in various types of geotechnical projects.
3) Case studies of the construction projects.

Student learning outcomes

The students in this lecture acquire the fundamental knowledges of geology, which are all crucial in the geological and geotechnical investigation, and the interpretation and application of the investigated results for the design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering structures. The students also study about construction technology of various geotechnical structures, and the technologies for disaster prevention and geo-environment.


applied engineering geology, geological map, geotechnical Investigation, geotechnical construction, tunneling, disaster prevention facilities, dams, geo-environmental problem

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures are given on each topic and short test is conducted at the end of each lecture.
Two study visits are organized, one is for geological survey and the other actual construction site. From the visits, the students recognize about the relation between theory and actual practice.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, role of geotechnical investigation in civil engineering projects Confirmation of the pivotal importance of geological information in the civil engineering project
Class 2 The Earth as a system Understanding geological processes in global level
Class 3 Mineral, Rock and Geological Process Understanding mineralogy, rock types, geological processes contributing ground formation
Class 4 Geological structure and appplication of geological map Understangin various features of geological structures, interpretation and application of geological map for engineering purposes
Class 5 Application of topological map and its interpretation Understanging topology made by geologial process, interpretation and application of toplogical map for engineering
Class 6 Soil investigation and geotechnical engineering map Understanding vairous soil investigation methods, interpretation of soil profiles and classification of the soil deposits
Class 7 Geotechnical investigation and construction of foundation Understanding various types of foundation and their application based on geotechnical investigation
Class 8 Learning soil engineering from ancient technology Understanding various ground improvement techonologies and their application based on geotechnical investigation
Class 9 Earthquake disaster prevention technology Understanding investigation methods for earthquake disaster prevention and countermeasures against disaster
Class 10 Invesitgation and technology for Geo-environment Understangind investigation and remediation technology against geo-environmental problems
Class 11 Excavaiton and tunnel construction Understanding investigation and construction methods for excavation and tunneling
Class 12 Dams and embankments, Slope stability Understanding dam construction method and required investigation Understanding investigation methods for slope stability and slope stabilizing technology
Class 13 Site visit for geological survery Exercise of interpretation of toplogical map and fault investigation
Class 14 Study tour of construction site Investigation of actual geotechnical construction and various construction technologies

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts are uploaded in T2SCHOLA or distributed in the class

Assessment criteria and methods

Short tests at the end of each class (50%),
Reports (50%)

Related courses

  • CVE.C201 : Soil Mechanics I
  • CVE.C202 : Soil Mechanics II
  • CVE.C401 : Mechanics of Geomaterials
  • CVE.C402 : Stability Problems in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CVE.C432 : Rock Engineering
  • CVE.C403 : Geo-environmental Engineering
  • CVE.C431 : Physical Modeling in Geotechnics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Knowledge on Earth Science and Geology
Knowledge on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
Interests on infrastructure construction and disaster prevention

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