Earthworks and building with geosynthetics


Identifier: BGU50019

Curriculum/ Assignment: Elective 1. Semester

ECTS-Credits: 6,0

Cycle: Winter semester

Language: Englisch


Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu

Stefan Huber, M.Sc.


Course Content

The building material soil:

  • classification
  • categorization
  • sensitivity to frost

Loosening, loading, banking:

  • construction operation
  • use of equipment

Installation and compaction:

  • Tasks of soil compaction
  • compaction properties
  • Pre-compaction measures
  • Requirements for compaction quality
  • compaction types

Quality assurance, testing:

  • self-monitoring
  • control tests
  • direct and indirect test procedures

Soil treatment with binders:

  • Use of lime, cement, mixed binders, etc.

Building on low load-bearing ground:

  • Deep soil improvements
  • soil replacement

Rail-specific earthwork aspects:

  • Ril 836
  • formation seepage layers
  • formation protection layers
  • dynamic stability

Hydraulic applications:

  • dikes
  • dams


  • raw materials, products, production

Laboratory testing:

  • testing facilities
  • evaluation
  • transferability of the results into practice

Calculation methods, installation loads, road construction applications:

  • examples
  • calculation approaches

Dam construction:

  • examples
  • calculation approaches
  • coated columns
  • reinforced earth bodies on point or linear supporting elements

Embankments and supporting structures:

  • design examples
  • requirements
  • calculations


Study Documents

All Study documents will be provided in class.



A written examination is offered at the end of the lecture period. The examination takes 90 minutes and aids are allowed.

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

The registration for the exam must be completed in time on tumonline. The examination office is responsible for the registration for the exam.