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Building Materials and Geotechnique

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

After completing the course, the student will have a basic understanding of building materials used in civil engineering construction. Furthermore, the student should have a basic understanding of geotechnical problems and be able to perform basic geotechnical analysis and design.

Learning outcome

After completing this course the student will have a basic understanding of geotechnical problems, and enabling to carry out basic geotechnical calculations.


Building materials: Properties and testing, handling and use of materials in building projects. Concrete: production, properties, proportioning. Timber and timber-based materials: properties, drying, sorting, laminated timber. Brickwork and masonry: production, properties. Basic knowledge of other materials used in the civil engineering construction.
Geotechnical Engineering: Introduction to geology, the origin of the soil and sediments, physical properties of the soil, pores and stresses in the soil. Soil mechanics, shear strength, slope stability and soil pressure at rest, active and passive states. Foundations on clay and sand, pile foundations, soil compaction, settlement, consolidation, seepage.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FApproved compendium of formulae.
Valid calculator.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignments which have to be passed to be allowed to sit the exam
All compulsory lab assignments (in total 10) must be approved in order to take the exam. Lab assignments have compulsory attendance and written reports must be approved.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Christian Linde Olsen, Ashish Aeran , Jarle Berge, Mudiyan Nirosha Damayanthi Adasooriya , Einar Holven, Thor Johan Aksland
Course coordinator
Yanyan Sha , Sudath Chaminda Siriwardane Siriwardane Arachchilage
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Guzman Cruz Rodriguez , Samdar Kakay
Head of Department
Tor Henning Hemmingsen

Method of work

6 hours lectures and tutorials per week. Compulsory lab exercises and compulsory assignments.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Properties of materials (TE0423_1) 5
Properties of materials (TE0423_A) 5
Soil mechanics (TE0081_1) 5
Soil Mechanics (TE0081_A) 5
Soil Mechanics (BIB130_1) 5
Building Technology (BIB140_1) 5

Open to

Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme

Course assessment

By form and/or by discussions in class in accordance with university regulations.


Aarhaug, Olav R. Geoteknikk
Gjerp, P., Opsahl, M., Smeplass S. Grunnleggende betongteknologi. Byggnæringens forlag.
Sandaker, B. N., Sandvik, M., og Vik, B. (2014). Materialkunnskap. Byggenæringens forlag.
In addition, literature will be available on Canvas at coures start.
Recommended supplementary literature: Byggforsk - Trehus

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020