Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology Syllabus for
CE 333 Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology [3 0 0 3]
General Geology: Divisions of geology, Importance of Engineering Geology versus geology
applied to Civil Engineering practices. Weathering, definition types and effect. Geological works
of rivers, wind, glaciers as agents of erosion, transportation and deposition, resulting features
and engineering importance.
Rocks and Minerals: Minerals, their identification and physical properties of minerals, igneous,
sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, their formation and structures. Classification of rocks for
engineering purpose. Rock quality designation (RQD).
Structural Geology: Brief idea about stratification, apparent dip, true dip, strike and
Folds: Definition, parts of a fold, classification, causes relation to engineering operations.
Faults: Definition, parts of a fault, classification cause relation to engineering purposes.
Joints: Definition, attitude, joint set, joint systems, classification in relation to engineering
Engineering Geology: Geological considerations in the Engineering Projects like tunnels,
highways, foundations, dams, and reservoirs. Earthquake. Definition, terminology, earthquake
waves, intensity, recording of earthquake, seismic zones in India, factors to be considered and
methods in earthquake proof construction.
Earth movements: Landslides and land subsidence, elementary idea about classifications,
factors causing landslides and land subsidence, preventive measures like relating walls, slope
treatment, chemical stabilization and drainage control.
Engineering Properties of Rocks and Laboratory Measurement: Uniaxial compression tests,
tensile tests, permeability test, shear tests, effect of size and shape of specimen and rate of
testing. Confining pressure, stress strain curves of typical rocks. Strength of intact and fissured
rocks, effect of anisotropy, influence of effect of pore fluid type instauration and temperature.
In-situ determination of Engineering Properties of Rock Masses: Necessity of in-situ test,
uniaxial load tests in tunnels and open excavation, cable tests, flat jack test, shear test, pressure
tunnel test. Simple methods of determining in-situ stresses, bore hole over coring technique-bore
hole deformation gauges.
Improvement in Properties of Rock Masses: Pressure grouting for dams and tunnels, rock
reinforcement, rock bolting.
1. Goodman R E “Introduction to Rock Mechanics”, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1989
2. Jaguer J C and Cook N G W “Foundational of Rock Mechanics” 3rd ed., Chapman &
Hall London, 1979
3. Lama R D and Vutukuri V S with Saluja S S “Handbook on Mechanical Properties of
Rocks” Vols. I to IV, Trans Tech Publications, Rockport, MA.
4. Arora D S “A Text Book of Geology”, Mahindra Capital Publishers, Chandigarh, 1988
5. Singh P “Engineering and General Geology” S. K. Kataria and Sons, New Delhi, 1992
CE 335 Elements of Remote Sensing and GIS [3 0 0 3]
Introduction to Geographic Information System: Definitions and related terminology, evolution of
GIS, components of GIS, approaches to the study of GIS.
Maps and GIS: Introduction, Map scale and classes of maps, the mapping process, plane
coordinate systems and transformations, geographic coordinate system of earth, map projection,
georeferencing and topographic mapping.
Digital Representation of Geographic Date: Introduction, database and database management
systems, raster geographic date representation, vector data representation, data representation and
data analysis in GIS.
Raster Basic GIS Data Processing: Introduction, acquiring and handling raster geographic data,
raster based GIS data analysis, cartographic modeling.
Vector Based GIS Data Processing: Introduction, Characteristics of vector based GIS data
processing, topological and non-topological functions.
Remote Sensing and GIS: Introduction, Principles of electromagnetic remote sensing, remote
sensing system classifications, imaging characteristics, extraction of metric information from
remotely sensed images, integration of remote sensing and GIS.
1. Lo C P and Young K W “Concepts and Techniques of Geographic Information Systems”
PHI Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, 2002.
2. Campbell, “Introduction to Remote sensing”, CBS Publishers & Distributors, New
3. Burrough P A “Principles of Geographic Information Systems for Land Resources
Assessment” Oxford University Press, 2003.
4. Duggal S K “Surveying Volume 2” Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, 2004.
5. Donnay J.P. “Remote Sensing and Urban Analysis”, CBS Publishers & Distributors,