Module Catalogue 2021/22

CEG3607 : Subsurface Investigations

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sanem Acikalin Cartigny
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Ireland
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CEG2602Minerals and their Instabilities
CEG2603Basin Analysis and Stratigraphy
CEG2606Geological Resources
Pre Requisite Comment

The knowledge of the fundamental geological processes that effect rock and ground stability (ceg1603, ceg2603). The fundamental processes and uses of engineering geology in relation to mineral extraction are thought in ceg2606-geological resources. Students will need to have an understanding of the driving forces behind large scale rock deformation as taught in “ceg2603-Structural Geology”.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

The aims of this module is describe the principles and applications of geophysical, borehole and laboratory investigations and give students the opportunity to learn the skills to interpret these data.

The module will cover the theory behind data acquisition, processing and interpretation. It will cover:

i) geophysical methods

ii) principles of rock and soil mechanics

iii) borehole investigations

The module will introduce the environmental, engineering, and geoenergy applications of the methods.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover:

Rock and soil mechanics

Principles of soil mechanics

Principles of rock mechanics

Lab tests for soils      

Core plugs and whole core

Lab tests for defining rocks

Geophysical methods

Introduction to geophysics

Reflection

Refraction

Passive

Applications

Borehole investigations

How to drill a borehole

Basic principles of borehole data collection

Wireline techniques

Borehole imaging



The module will have 3 practicals (which may be desktop, computer, or laboratory based). During these practical’s students will learn how to interpret a selection of different data types with a focus on applications in the environmental, engineering, and geoenergy.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:

Explain the fundamental concepts of geophysical techniques

Explain the principles of soil and rock mechanics

Explain the principles of data acquisition in boreholes

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

Identify the most suitable geophysical technique for different applications

Determine the most suitable soil or rock testing method

Determine the most suitable suite of data collection different borehole investigations


In addition, students will be able to:

Perform basic interpretations of seismic reflection data

Interpret the results of different soil and rock mechanic test

Perform basic interpretations of borehole data

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for and completion of problem solving exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion100:305:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Completion of exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudySkills practice32:006:00Skills practice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:3032:30N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion32:006:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be taught through a series of 2 hour lectures the theory and principles behind key subsurface investigative methods. Each of the primary techniques, geophysics, soil and rock mechanics, and borehole techniques, is paired with a 3 hour practical where students will learn to interpret different subsurface data types and information.

The online discussion, skills practice, independent study and assessment preparation and completion will allow students to consolidate their learning gained from both lectures and practicals and practice their skills.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M50Completion of 3 problems related to the practicals
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will test the knowledge and understanding of engineering geology.
The design report will test the ability to understand the problem, collect and interpret data, and produce a unique design solution.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.