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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryOur 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.
Course description 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.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 75 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 100%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Engineering Geophysics and Non-Destructive Testing 52:00
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.
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Antonios Giannopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 5728
Course secretaryMr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080
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