Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VTGF05 overlaps following cours/es: VTGA01 and VTGA05. Compulsory for: BI3. Course coordinator: Conny Svensson,, Engineering Geology. Recommended prerequisits: VBR Risk Analysis Methods. Assessment: Written examination and compulsory geological excursion.

The aim is to present basic environmental knowledge concerning geological and geotechnical conditions and thus an understanding of how both natural processes and human activities are risks in todays society. Knowledge and skills concerning transport processes in ground and water, introduced in the course VBR180 Risk Analysis Methods, are developed. Special focus is made on Swedish conditions where groundwater protection and landslide processes are treated.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- be familiar with basics of geology and especially geology of Sweden

concerning soils, rocks, groundwater, surface water and topography.

- be able to understand the relationship between contamination of soils, rocks and groundwater to different contaminant sources and structural geological situations.

- be able to understand basics of soil mechanics and especially slope stability.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

- be able to interpret a geological map and construct a principal section - a type section - and thus describe a rock mass in three dimensions.

- be able to analyse a principal section - a type section - to estimate the need of groundwater protection and slope stability.

- be able to identify the most common geological soil materials.

- be able to assess transport patterns and to calculate transport times of contaminants in ground and groundwater.

Minerals. Rocks. Soils - genesis and general properties. Glacial geology and quaternary geology of Sweden. Natural disasters and geological disasters. Earthquakes and volcanoes.

Groundwater - aquifers, flow, quality and vulnerability. Transport of pollutants in soils, rocks and groundwater. Groundwater protection.

Basic soil mechanics. Soil strength and bearing capacity. Slope stabilty. Monitoring of slope stability. Dams and dam failure. Soil mechanical aspects of floodings.

Engineering geological excursion in southwest Scania, Sweden.

Ledskog, L and Lundgren, T: Olje- och kemikalieutsläpp i jord. SGI 1995.
Svensson, C: Kompendium i teknisk geologi AK. LTH 2010.
Svensson, C: Föreläsning i grundvattenskydd. LTH 2011.
As a supplement to the course literature, a documentary report of a geological field trip: "Conny Svenssons Ingenjörsgeologiska exkursion" is available for technology students via the Internet.
Jordmekanisk stencilsamling. Teknisk geologi LTH 2011.