221.008 Ground Engineering and Soil Mechanics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VO, 3.0h, 4.5EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.5
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • consider ground and structures as one interacting unit, 
  • plan, design, calculate, supervise and monitor geotechnical projects, 
  • bridge the gap between theory and practice,
  • apply received scientific basis as a prerequisite for possible further research activities, 
  • critically evaluate the accuracy of geotechnical calculations and prognoses,
  • explain practical aspects of construction sites based on case histories.

Subject of course

The lecture Ground Engineering and Soil Mechanics consists the following topics:

  • importance of ground in civil engineerng, 
  • soil structure interaction, 
  • overview of soils, 
  • classification of soils, 
  • methods of ground investigation, 
  • determination of soil parameters in the field and in the laboratory, 
  • control of earthworks, 
  • theory of soil mechanics, geotechnical calculations, 
  • design of foundations and retaining structures (design and systems), 
  • landslides and slope stabilisation mehtods, 
  • influence of water on structures and design, 
  • deep excavations, retaining structures and underpinning of existing buildings,
  • construction methods in ground engineering (theory, design and calculation, construction, monitoring),
  • geosynthetics,
  • dams and embankments,
  • case histories.

Teaching methods

The basic knowledge of Ground Engineering and Soil Mechanics is taught. 

Various soil types as well as soil characteristics and types of soil exploration are presented. Based on this knowledge, various mechanical and structural problems are discussed and calculation methods for foundations, supporting structures, failure mechanisms of slopes, etc. are applied.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

Please note that starting from the summer semester 2017 programmable calculators are allowed during the written exam!



Course dates

Mon08:00 - 10:0002.03.2020 - 09.03.2020HS 18 Czuber - UIW ADAM
Tue08:00 - 10:0003.03.2020 - 10.03.2020HS 18 Czuber - UIW ADAM
Ground Engineering and Soil Mechanics - Single appointments
Mon02.03.202008:00 - 10:00HS 18 Czuber - UIW ADAM
Tue03.03.202008:00 - 10:00HS 18 Czuber - UIW ADAM
Mon09.03.202008:00 - 10:00HS 18 Czuber - UIW ADAM
Tue10.03.202008:00 - 10:00HS 18 Czuber - UIW ADAM

Examination modalities

witten and oral exam


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon14:00 - 16:0005.10.2020EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written21.09.2020 10:00 - 02.10.2020 10:00TISSPrüfung Grundbau und Bodenmechanik 05.10.2020
Mon14:00 - 16:0023.11.2020EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written09.11.2020 00:00 - 20.11.2020 12:00TISSPrüfung Grundbau und Bodenmechanik 23.11.2020
Thu08:00 - 10:0028.01.2021EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written14.01.2021 00:00 - 26.01.2021 12:00TISSPrüfung Grundbau und Bodenmechanik 28.01.2021

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 265 Civil Engineering 4. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


Lecture notes for this course are available.