Undergraduate Course: Engineering Geology and Surveying 2 (CIVE08022)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will provide an introduction to the discipline of engineering geology and to practical engineering surveying techniques. It will allow an understanding of how the fundamental principles of geological sciences influence the design and construction of engineering structures and provide an understanding and practical experience of how engineering surveying techniques are used in civil engineering projects.
The course includes a number of Lectures and Tutorials during the Weeks 1 - 10 on key fundamental concepts of Geology that are important for Civil Engineers. On Week 11 the students are introduced, at a residential Field Trip, to land surveying techniques and methodologies using a combination of Lectures, Seminars and practical surveying tasks.
Geology Lectures (Mondays, Wks 1-10):
L1 Introduction to course and to engineering geology
L2 Plate tectonics & Igneous Rocks
L3 Minerals & sedimentary rocks
L4 Metamorphic Rocks & Structural Geology
L5 Structural Geology (2)
L6 Stress & Mohr circles
L7 Failure envelopes
L8 RQD/ Rock mechanics etc
L9 Geohazards & Earthquakes
L10 Difficult Grounds & Site investigations
Surveying Lectures/Seminars (Tuesdays, Wks 9-10):
L1 & 2. Introduction to surveying and the Surveying Field Trip. Applications, principles, sequence of planning and executing a survey. Categories: geodetic and plane. Objectives: establishment of relative positions, setting out. Measurements: direct or indirect linear measurement; angular measurement; height difference. Fixing the position of a point: trilateration; offset; traverse; triangulation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Contribution towards the Surveying field trip to cover accommodation costs.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14,
Fieldwork Hours 22,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 50%:
- Surveying Field Trip: 40%
- Map Exercise: 10%
Students must pass all three elements of assessment. Namely the degree exam, geology coursework and surveying field trip.
||Mid Semester "Start, Stop, Continue"
Written feedback on submitted Coursework
Oral Feedback on undertaking Surveying tasks
End of course "post-mortem" review
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||1:30|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, their formation and occurrence in different tectonic environments;
- demonstrate an ability to interpret geological maps and construct elementary geological cross-sections and infer subsurface structure;
- recognise and describe common geological formations of relevance to civil engineering and demonstrate a basic knowledge of investigation techniques and mitigation strategies for difficult ground.
- undertake topographical surveys using theodolites or total stations and perform levelling and traverse surveys, asses their accuracy and adjust closure errors;
- produce a scale plan of an area and apply surveying techniques to set out simple construction elements from given data
Waltham, A.C. Foundations of Engineering Geology. 3rd Edition, Blackie Academic and Professional, 2009.
Excellent concise text organised in page-wise units on specific topics. Highly recommended. Good value. The 2nd edition is
perfectly adequate as well.
Other useful texts:
Blyth, F.G.H. and de Freitas M.H. A Geology for Engineers 7th Edition. Edward Arnold, 1984.
West, G. The Field Description of Engineering Soils and Rocks. Open University Press, 1991.
For more background on geology:
Marshak, S. Earth: Portrait of a Planet. 3rd Edn. 2008. W.W. Norton. Probably the best of the illustrated mega-textbooks.
Good web-links to GoogleEarth images. Used as a source in the course. Copies to be installed on Student Reserve
Surveying for Engineers 3rd Edition , Uren and Price, Macmillan, 1994 Elementary Surveying 8th Edition, Elfick, Fryer, Brinker and
Wolf , Harper Collins 1994
Engineering Surveying 5th Edition Schofield, Butterworth Heinemann 2001
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||10 Geology Lectures: (Weeks 1 - 10)
8 Geology Tutorial hours (Weeks 2 - 9)
2 Surveying Lectures (Weeks 9 - 10)
6 Surveying Lectures/Seminars (Week 11)
22 Fieldwork Hours (Week 11)
|Course organiser||Dr Christopher Beckett
Tel: (0131 6)51 7119
|Course secretary||Mr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080