CHEM 110, CHEM 281, EMR 201
Introduction to Engineering & Environmental Geology
Course description: - Engineering geological consideration, description of soils and rock
masses. The relationship between engineering and environmental geology is also pointed out and natural hazardous earth processes such as floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and related phenomena are also covered.
1. To outline the contribution of engineering and environmental geology to science
2. To point out the importance of the environment from a geological prospective.
4. The role of engineering and environmental geology in the improvement of earth materials
5. To understand the processes of natural and geological hazards in general
6. To understand floods, earthquakes, and coastal hazards and other environmental issues related to Saudi Arabia and other countries
General References for the Course: (Books/Journals...etc.)
Students in this course can read from:
1. Engineering Geology and Geotechnics by BELL, F. G., 1980.
2. Engineering Geology: Rock Engineering in Construction by GOODMAN, R.E.,
3. Engineering Geology: An Environmental Approach by RAHN, P. H., 1986
4. Engineering Geology by ZARUBA, Q., and MENCL, V., 1976
5. Environmental Geology, 4th Edition, by Keller, Edward A., 1985. Charles E. Merril Publishing Co.
6. Environmental Geology: Geology and the Human Environment, by Bennett, M.R., & Doyle, P., 1997.New York: John Wiley & Sons.
7. Geohazards: Natural and Human, by Coch, N.K., 1995. Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Prentice Hall.
8. Natural Hazards: Explanation and Integration, by Tobin, G.A. and Montz, B.E., 1997. Guilford Publishing: New York.
List of URLs for this Course
- Volcanoes http://www.usgs.gov/themes/volcano.html
- Earthquakes http://www.usgs.gov
- Floods http://www.usgs.gov/thems/flood.html
- Landslides http://www.usgs.gov/thems/landslide.html
The student will learn the following:
The student will be introduced to engineering and environmental geology and trained to know the following:
1. Engineering geological maps and its applications.
2. Rock engineering properties and the geotechnical problems they cause.
3. The various techniques for soil and rock improvement
4. Student is able to know the general consideration of geological hazards.
5. Student can predict the earthquake and volcanic hazards.
6. Student can predict the flooding, coastal hazards, Tsunami.
7. Student can know the effects of sand dune movements.
8. Student can know the land failure hazards including: Earth fissuring, land subsidence, rock and soil slope failure, sabkha and expansive soils.
Scheme of assessment:
Periodical examination (2): 40%
Essay (1500-2000 words): 20%
Final exam: 30%
Timetable for course lectures: