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Undergraduate Course: Engineering Geophysics and Non-Destructive Testing 5 (CIVE11033)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description Our ageing infrastructure needs to meet and adapt to the demands of a modern society. As it is very difficult and in most cases practically and financially impossible to replace key infrastructure elements, monitoring and assessing their condition is paramount. Further, new project developments and especially ones on brown field sites require careful and comprehensive site investigations. Maximising the amount of information that is possible to be obtained during the initial stages of site investigation is crucial and the use of methods of engineering geophysics is becoming very common. In this course, the students are introduced to non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques for assessing the condition of key infrastructure elements and to the main engineering geophysics methods that are used in site investigations. These methodologies play an increasingly important role in maintaining and developing our infrastructure as they contribute to more comprehensive investigations while do not substantially interfere with the operation of a facility.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 11:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Wednesday, 11:10 - 13:00, Zone: King's Buildings. tbc
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Engineering Geophysics and Non-Destructive Testing 51:3012 sides / 2 x graph
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the students should be able to:
- Identify the value of Engineering Geophysics and NDT methods
- Recognise when various Engineering Geophysics and NDT techniques are appropriate
- Understand the physics of the techniques
- Understand applicable signal processing procedures
- Understand how to design, specify and execute a basic survey
- Understand the risks involved in NDT and geophysical data collection
- Understand the contribution of these techniques to sustainable construction and infrastructure operation.
Assessment Information
The assessment will be made on the basis of: Intermittent assessment 20%; Degree examination 80%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Topic 1: Geophysical and NDT signals
Topic 2: Impact Echo for concrete inspection.
Topic 3: Ground Penetrating Radar
Topic 4: Seismic refraction principles.
Topic 5: Resistivity
Topic 6: Application of GPR to Flexible Pavement inspection.

Exercises and examples will be provided and discussed in class to facilitate the understanding of the course material and all students are encouraged to undertake these exercises although they will not be submitted and will not be marked.

Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list There is no single reference for the course as material is drawn from the appropriate research literature and from some textbooks or monographs on specific techniques. The students will be provided with notes and relevant material for each topic as lectures progress. In addition, the notes and slides will be available via WebCT and some screen-casts will be recorded to aid revision of key topics.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Dr Antonios Giannopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 5728
Course secretary Mrs Kim Orsi
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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