Course Title : Fundamental Geofront Engineering

Code 10F405
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Mon 3rd
Location C1-172
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor M.Mimura,S.Nishiyama,T.Koyama,K.Ando

Course Description

This lecture aims to learn a practical knowledge associated with mechanical and hydraulic problems in rock masses to realize environment-friendly development of underground space through exercise in modelling and analytical study of rock mass.


Problem sets will be given almost every week and due one week later in class. You can work together but must turn in your own solutions.

Course Goals

This course is designed to give students knowledge and understanding to recognise and apply the fundamental techniques used in engineering rock mechanics for the analysis of underground engineered structures.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction to rock mechanics and rock engineering 1 Introduction to common geophysical investigation methods and field investigation methodology.
Rock mass behaviour around excavations 1 How to apply popular failure criteria to determine the strength of both intact rock and discontinuities.
How to assess the geometry of discontinuous rock masses using customary measures and techniques
Rock strength and rock mass classification 2 Rock construction techniques for rock foundation works and also for construction of rock caverns and tunnels. Proposals for support of strength and running of construction works in rocks based on conceptual engineering geological models, assessment of the Q-value and of the mechanical characteristics of the rock mass.
Underground excavations in discontinuous and stratified rock 1 Basic rock geology emphasizing characteristics of rocks, in particular structural features and the importance of discontinuities in rock construction works.
Computer methods in rock mechanics and rock engineering: 2 Introduction to computer programmes for underground space design, rock mechanics, and environmental control.
Hydrogeology and groundwater flow in geotechnical 1 The influence of the groundwater conditions on the characteristics of the rock mass, in particular concerning strength and stability but also rock construction technique and environmental consequences.
Risk assessment and risk management 2 Risk assessment processes in rock engineering and management principles with respect to the environment.


Handout will be distributed.


References are indicated in the handout.


Undergraduate courses in geology, geotechnical engineering,and soil mechanics.

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