Course syllabus


ACE045 ACE045 Geological and geotechnical site characterisation lp1 HT21 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Find the pdf version of the (latest) course PM here whereas the more details on the project and tutorials can be found here.

Contact details

Jelke Dijkstra ( is the examiner of the course, see course PM for full details on other staff.

Course purpose

Short description of the course purpose and content is found on studieportalen



Course literature

See course PM, main reference is an e-book available in the library, i.e. Geotechnical Engineering Investigation Handbook by Hunt (2nd edition)


Changes made since the last occasion

Still a remote course.

Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

● Knowledge
○ Describe the principles of geological genesis with a focus on the Swedish environment
○ Describe the particulars of various geo-materials
○ Describe the principles, benefits and limitations of different site investigation methods and laboratory test types
● Comprehension
○ Distinguish between different features of basic geological processes
○ Understand the interdependence of engineering design and design of site characterisation, depending on the composition of the shallow subsurface.
● Application & Analysis
○ Design, execute and interpret of field and laboratory tests for a wide range of geo-materials (soft-soils to crystalline rock mass)
○ Evaluate several techniques used in the desk study phase (geological maps lineage etc).
● Synthesis:
○ Integrate knowledge on large scale geological and hydrogeological processes, as well as future engineering needs, in the design of a site specific (hydro-)mechanical investigation for engineering properties.
○ Demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of the geological and geotechnical site characterisation techniques, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, including both ethical and economic aspects and also environmental and safety considerations.
○ Demonstrate the ability in speech and writing clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences within the field of geological, hydrogeological and geotechnical site characterisation techniques.

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen.

Study plan

Examination form

Marked project assigment and passed tutorials. See Course PM.

Course summary:

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