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Syllabus | B.Tech Civil Engineering | Engineering Geology | 13010407



Engineering Geology

Learning Schedule
13010407 Pre-requisites: — 3 0 0 3



Engineering Geology is the application of the geological sciences to Civil Engineering practice for the purpose of recognizing the location, design, construction, operation and maintenance of engineering projects such as Dams, Barrages, Bridges, High rise buildings and other such important projects. Students will be able to know the details of rock formation and study of rock cycle. Students will be able to identify different minerals and find their properties. They will understand the various geological features e.g. folds and faults. They will be able to select geologically suitable sites for massive Civil Constructions work. 


  1. The overall objective of lecture portion of engineering geology is to demonstrate the importance of

Geology in making engineering decisions specially site selection of engineering projects.

  1. Introduce the fundamentals of engineering properties of earth materials for their use in civil

engineering constructions.

  1. Develop quantitative skills and frame work for solving basic engineering geology problems related to

geological features and geological hazards and remedial measures thereof. 


On completion of this course, the students will be able to

  1. Characterize and classify various minerals and rocks on the basis of their engineering properties.
  2. Assess geological hazards and develop mitigation frameworks.
  3. Use seismic and electrical methods to investigate subsurface and develop a native construction plan

incorporating all relevant aspects of geology.



Section A

Unit-I Minerals and Rocks

Relevance and importance of Engineering Geology in Civil Engineering. Minerals – their physical properties, rock forming minerals, Physical and engineering properties of igneous, metaphoric and sedimentary rocks.

Section B

Unit II: Interior Structure of earth  

Earth’s interior is based on seismic models, Earth’s geomagnetic field, Plate tectonics and continental drift theory, study of earth’s geological structures – fold, faults and joints, Geological factors affecting Civil Engineering constructions, Geological maps- their uses and interpretation.

Section C

Unit III: Weathering and Soils

The atmosphere, Weather and climate, Ocean structure and composition, Rock decay and weathering. Soil origin and formation, classification and its engineering importance, Slope stability, rock and soil slope stability analysis.  

Section D

Unit IV: Ground Water

Characteristic of ground water, Global distribution of water, Hydro Geological Cycle, Darcy’s Law, laboratory permeability tests, Types of aquifers, Water level fluctuations, Surface and subsurface geophysical methods, Groundwater contamination, Artificial recharge of groundwater, Seawater intrusion and harvesting of rainwater. 

Unit V: Earth Processes

Resources, minerals, water & energy, Natural hazards, Brief description on cause and formation of flood, cyclone, volcano, earthquake, tsunami and landslides, Global warming and the greenhouse effect, Future of the Earth.


Text Books

  1. P.C. Varghese, Engineering Geology for Civil Engineers, PHI Learning private limited.
  2. Parbin Singh, Engineering & General Geology, S.K. Kataria and Sons- Delhi.


Reference Books

  1. Dr. D.V. Reddy, Engineering Geology, Vikas Publishing House.
  2. Chadha S. K., Elements of Geological Maps for Geology, Geography & Civil Engineering, CBS Publishers & Distributors- New Delhi.
  3. Gautam Mahajan, Evaluation and Development of Ground Water, APH Publishers.
  4. Jerome V. Degraff Robert B. Johnson, Principles of Engineering Geology, Wiley India Pvt Ltd.