Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 10,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: V4at, V4hb. Course coordinator: Professor Ola Dahlblom in cooperation with Professor Göran Sällfors, Chalmers,, Byggnadsmekanik. Prerequisites: VVB055 Civil Engineering. Recommended prerequisits: VBM012 Building Materials and VSM141 Structural Mechanics. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 15. The number of participants is limited to 30 Assessment: Written examination, two hand-in assignments (one of which is also to be presented orally). Parts: 2. Further information: The course can be cancelled if less than 20 students participate. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give knowledge in foundation engineering and to give ability to, on the basis of results from geotechnical investigations, apply the knowledge on geotechnical engineering tasks occurring in practice.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

In the first part of the course lectures and exercises are integrated. The following subjects are treated: computation of settlement, ground reinforcement methods, shallow and pile foundations, statistical methods, design of supporting structures and risk analysis. In addition computer exercises using software for soil mechanics problems are included. In the latter part of the course an extensive exercise is performed, where geotechnical design is performed on the basis of results from a geotechnical investigation.

Compendium and collection of examples in Foundation Engineering (in Swedish), a selection of scientific papers, extracts from theses and handbooks.


Code: 0105. Name: Written Examination.
Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination before Christmas. Contents: Questions/tasks regarding theoretical and applied matters treated in the course until Christmas.

Code: 0205. Name: Design and Advanced Assignments.
Higher education credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written presentation of design assignment and written and oral presentation of advanced assignment. Contents: Assignments according to the course description and the course programme.