B.E. Civil Engineering:Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics

Thapar University
In Patiala

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Typology Bachelor
Location Patiala
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor
  • Patiala
  • Duration:
    4 Years


Where and when

Starts Location
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Thapar University P.O Box 32, 147004, Punjab, India
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Starts On request
Thapar University P.O Box 32, 147004, Punjab, India
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Course programme

First Year: Semester-I

Mathematics I
Engineering graphics
Computer Programming
Solid Mechanics
Communication Skills

First Year: Semester-II

Mathematics II
Manufacturing Process
Electrical and Electronic Science
Organizational Behavior

Second Year- Semester - I

Numerical and Statistical Methods
Fluid Mechanics
Measurement Science and Techniques
Building Materials and Construction
Structural Analysis
Engineering Economics
Environmental Studies

Second Year- Semester – II

Optimisation Techniques
Material Science and Engineering
Power Generation and Economics
Architecture and Building Drawings
Reinforced Concrete Design
Human Values, Ethics and IPR

Third Year- Semester – I

Hydrology and Ground Water
Soil Mechanics
Water Supply Engineering
Advanced Structural Analysis
Steel Structural Design
Transportation Engineering-I
Survey Camp (4 weeks- after second year during summer vacations

Third Year- Semester – II

Foundation Engineering
Hydraulic Engineering
Project Planning and Estimation
Sewerage and Sewage Treatment
Transportation Engineering-II
Advanced Structural Design

Fourth Year- Semester – I

Project Semester
Computer Application in Civil Engineering
Industrial Training

Fourth Year- Semester – II

Total Quality Management
Elements of Earthquake Engineering

Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics

Divisions of Geology, Importance of Engg. Geology, Geology applied to civil engg. practices.

Weathering: Agents and effects, Geological works of rivers, wind, glaciers as agents of erosion, transportation and deposition, resulting features and engineering importance.

Minerals: Identification and physical properties.

Rocks: Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, their formation and structures. Classification of rocks for engineering purposes, Rock Quality Designation (RQD).Structural Geology: Stratification, dip and strike.

Unconformities: Causes, types.

Folds: Definition, parts of a fold, classification, causes, relation to engg. operations.

Faults: Definition, parts of a fault, classification, causes, relation to engg. purposes.

Joints: Definition, attitude, joint set, joint systems, classification, relation to Engg. operations.

Geological considerations in the Engineering projects like tunnels, highways, foundations, dams, reservoirs.

Geology of India.

Earthquakes: Definition, terminology, causes, earthquake waves, intensity, recording of earthquakes, seismic zones in India, factors to be considered and methods in earthquake proof construction.

Earth movements: Landslides and land subsidence, elementary idea about classification, factors causing landslides and land subsidence.

Preventive measures for landslides viz retaining walls, slope treatment, chemical stabilization and drainage control.

Engineering Properties of Rocks and their Laboratory Measurement: Uniaxial compression test, tensile test, permeability test, shear test, effect of size, shape of specimen, rate of testing and confining pressure; stress strain curves for typical rocks. Strength of intact and fissured rocks.

Effect of anisotropy, influence of un-saturation and temperature on strength. In-situ determination of Engineering Properteis of Rock Masses : Necessity of in-situ tests, uniaxial load tests in tunnels and open excavations, cable tests, flat jack test, shear tests, pressure tunnel test.

Simple methods of determining in-situ stresses: bore hole over coring technique, Bore hole deformation gauges.

Improvement in Properties of Rock masses by Pressure grouting for dams and tunnels, rock reinforcement and rock bolting.

List of Practicals:

1. Study of minerals-hand specimens.
2. Study of rocks-hand specimens.
3. Field description of rocks for engineering practices.
4. Study of elements of symmetry and Crystal systems with crystal models.
5. Study of Geological Maps.
6. Dip and strike problems.
7. Study of optical properties of minerals.

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