Spring 2024 - EASC 313 D100

Introduction to Soil and Rock Engineering (3)

Class Number: 1471

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2024
    Mon, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 204 with a grade of C- or better.



An introduction to the engineering properties and behavior of soil and rock. Laboratory and field measurements of soil and rock properties. Applications in engineering design will be illustrated with case studies of slope stability, road design, foundations and underground excavations. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of soil and rock mechanics in the resources sector.


Fundamentals of engineering properties of soil and rock. Physical properties of soil and rock. Field description and engineering classification. Introduction to site investigation methods. Principles of effective stress, consolidation and settlement. Laboratory and field measurements of soil and rock properties important in engineering design. Index tests, compressive, tensile and shear strength of soil, intact rock and rock discontinuities. Rock mass characterization. Introduction to the application of soil and rock mechanics in engineering design including slope stability, road design, foundations and underground openings. Influence of structural geology, groundwater and seismicity on engineering performance. Introduction to the use of remote sensing in rock engineering.

Course Topics:

  • Engineering properties of soils and rocks.
  • Engineering classifications of soils.
  • Principles of total and effective stress
  • Soil compaction, consolidation and settlement.
  • Laboratory and field testing methods.
  • Engineering logging of soil and rock.
  • Strength properties of soil and rock.
  • Discontinuities in rock.
  • Use of rock mass classifications (RMR, Q, GSI)
  • Introduction to slope stability analysis
  • Introduction to excavation methods and engineering design in soil and rock with application in civil and mining engineering.


  • Midterm 25%
  • Laboratory/Fieldwork/Assignments/Seminar 35%
  • Final examination 40%


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Geological Engineering, de Vallejo and Ferrer, CRC Press

ISBN: 9780415413527, hard copy

ISBN: 1628707801, online access



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