ECTS - Tunneling and Underground Structures Graduate Program

Compulsory Departmental Courses

TU500 - Graduation Project (0 + 0) 40

Literature survey, typical phases of tunneling projects, project documentation, presentation of project?s progress.

TU501 - Preliminary Studies and Design Considerations for Tunneling and Underground Structures (3 + 0) 5

Classification scheme that is relevant to design; rock mass and soil classification systems; new methods for geological and geophysical explorations; in-situ and laboratory investigations for preliminary study; development of systems for the interpreting of expected geological, hydrological and seismic conditions.

TU502 - Numerical Methods as Applied to Underground Structures (3 + 0) 5

Introduction to numerical methods in geomechanics; introductory tensor analysis and continuum mechanics; coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour of geomaterials; implementing constitutive models for soils and rocks; the finite element method; the finite difference method; applications of numerical methods in geomechanics.

TU503 - Soil Mechanics and Subsurface Site Characterization (3 + 0) 5

Techniques for investigating and characterizing subsurface conditions; geotechnical parameters for tunnel design and construction; soil classification and rock mass classification; how the geotechnical information is included in any contract document.

TU504 - Project Management and Control for Tunnel Construction (3 + 0) 5

Basic economical concepts in investment projects, planning, project statistics, forecast for demand, computation of project cost, quick means of calculation of capital investment cost, determining the cost of materials to be produced; project implementation (time planning, CPM, PERT); management decision making, the executive roles.

TU505 - Methods of Tunnel and Underground Structure Construction (3 + 0) 5

The range of tunnel construction methods and practices available for both soft and hard ground conditions; both conventional and full face excavation methods; tunnel construction methods using pipe jacking and micro-tunneling techniques; conventional construction methods.

TU506 - Principles of Structural Geology (3 + 0) 5

Introduction to diastrophic and nondiastrophic rock structures; study of contacts, unconformities, diapirs, folds, joints, faults, foliations and lineations; kinematics of diastrophic structures.

TU507 - Applied Rock Mechanics for Underground Structures (3 + 0) 5

Rock properties and constitutive behaviour; anisotropy and rock strength; constitutive behaviour of rock discontinuities; analytical numerical modeling of mechanical and behaviour of rock and discontinuities; failure around large underground chambers and tunnels; effects of rock discontinuities and pore pressure.

TU509 - Occupational Health and Safety for Tunneling and Underground Structures (3 + 0) 5

General rules for health and work safety; health and work safety regulations for tunneling and underground structures; risks in tunneling and underground structures; provisions for tunneling and underground structures; work safety performance evaluation methods; health and work safety improvement for tunneling and underground structures.

TU600 - Research Methods (3 + 0) 5

Rigorous, scholarly research, particularly theses or dissertations; literature review, surveys, meta-analysis, empirical research design, formulating research questions, theory building, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, validity, reliability, triangulation, building evidences, writing research proposal and

Elective Courses

FBE-TUNEL-T-AE1FA1 - Departmental Elective (0 + 0) 5

TU508 - Construction Site Laws and Regulations (3 + 0) 5

Regulations and legal responsibilities in civil engineering contracts; mutual responsibilities between contractor, subcontractor and owner; national and international contracts; penalties and sanctions; scheduling and planning underground construction, materials and labor requirements; organization schemes.

TU510 - Environment Impact Evaluation of Tunneling (3 + 0) 5

Methods for evaluating impacts of engineering projects on environmental quality; environmental legislation and environmental quality indices; concentration on problems, conflicts or natural resources constraints that could affect the viability of the project; the ways to improve the project`s suitability for environment.