Fall 2022 - EASC 704 G100

Special Topics (3)

Adv.Topics in Engineer.Geology

Class Number: 4795

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCK 7654, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5035, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of the instructor.



Course Outline:

Application of engineering geology and geotechnics to natural hazards and engineering projects. Topics covered will include: Engineering geological characterization; slope failure mechanisms in soil and rock; limit equilibrium and numerical methods of slope stability analysis; seismically-induced landslides; use of remote sensing tools for landslide mapping, monitoring and hazard analysis; techniques of slope reinforcement and stabilization; geotechnical site assessment for construction of roads, dams, open pits and underground excavations. Brief case studies will be used to illustrate the influence of geotechnics in the forestry, mining and the energy industries. Preparation of talks on research topics and a term-long project will be required for completion of the course. 



  • 1. Midterm 25%
  • 2. Laboratory Reports, Seminar 35%
  • 3. Final Project 40%


"Be aware that during the field trip there will be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking close to cliffs and crossing roads with busy traffic. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. Further details regarding safety, food, housing and field supplies will be discussed prior to the field trip."


Prerequisite: EASC 313 or permission of instructor.



Geological Engineering, Gonzalez de Vallejo, L.I. & Ferrer, M. 2011.  CRC Press, ISBN 978-0-415-41352-7 (hbk).  This book was the EASC 313 required text.

ISBN: 978-0-415-41352-7

Rock Slope Engineering Civil Applications., Wyllie, D.C.  September 14, 2017 by CRC Press, 568 Pages - 16 Color & 326 B/W Illustrations ISBN 9781498786270 - CAT# K30229.

ISBN: 9781498786270

Turner A.K. & Schuster, R.L. 1996. Landslides. Investigation and Mitigation. Transportation Research Board Special Report 247.


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