Ground water handling and sustainable use of geomaterials in civil construction


Identifier: BGU50007

ECTS-Credits: 6,0

Cycle: Summer semester

Language: English



Dr.-Ing. Emanuel Birle


Course content

  • theory of groundwater movement in soil and rock
  • hydrogeological subsoil exploration
  • determination of hydraulic permeability using laboratory and field tests
  • methods of groundwater lowering (vertical filter wells, horizontal filter wells, vacuum wells, electroosmosis, well construction and dimensioning)
  • suffosion, erosion, clogging, hydraulic failure
  • influence of buildings on groundwater conditions, groundwater transfer systems
  • effects of groundwater subsidence
  • determination of design basis water levels
  • groundwater protection in traffic route construction
  • geothermal energy (thermal properties of soils, near-surface and deep geothermal energy)
  • sustainable use of mineral materials: problem definition, legal aspects, geotechnical and environmental site investigation, characterisation of RC building materials and industrial by-products, mechanical and hydraulic properties of RC building materials and industrial by-products, use of soils and building materials with environmentally relevant constituents in earthworks, use of difficult soils and building materials in earthworks
  • Tailings: general aspects, stability of tailings, environmental aspects and upgrading


Study documents

All study documents can be found on MOODLE.



The major course assessment is in the form of a 90-minute written examination.

The test consists of general comprehension questions with free formulations as well as calculations and design tasks.

All study documents, simple scientific calculators and literature are permitted as aids in the examination.

The course contents of the elective modules are not relevant for the examination.

The course contents dealt with in the previous (current) semester are always relevant for the examination.

Registration for the examination must be made in time at tumonline. The examination office is responsible for the registration for the exam.