Geological Engineering Courses

Note:  See beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

GE1026Geology Laboratory for Geological Engineers2 ch (3L)

An introductory study covering topographic and geological maps (bedrock and surficial) and their interpretation; construction of cross sections; identification of common minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; geological structures (map analysis as a predictive tool); dating and the geological time scale; coastal processes; mass wasting (especially the recognition and amelioration of hazards related to debris flows, avalanche and landslides); and glaciations and glacial deposits (especially glacial deposits in eastern Canada and their significance to engineers).

GE2022Engineering Geology5 ch (3C 3L)

A study of geological materials and hazards for site investigation and assesment of risk and remediation; engineering classification of geological materials, properties and relationships; engineering in the existing and changing environment and exacerbation of natural processes; geological constraints for construction, foundations, tunnelling, waste disposal and mining, with case histories of geological problems in engineering projects.

Prerequisite: ESCI 1001, ESCI/GE 1026 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. Equivalent to ESCI 2022. 

GE4401Applied Glacial Geology5 ch (3C 3L)

Study of the mass balance of glaciers and characteristics of flow, erosion and deposition by active and stagnant ice masses, facies relationships in processes and products of glaciated terrain, and assessment of terrain from air photos, maps, geophysical and core data. Practical applications include: relevance of sample collection and analyses for geotechnical evaluation and mineral prospecting, and identification of industrial resources and terrain hazards.

Prerequisites: ESCI 2211, ESCI 2321 or permission of the instructor. Equivalent to ESCI 4401 . 

GE4412Applied Rock Mechanics5 ch (3C 2L)

Acquisition and use of geological data in the construction of engineering structures sited in rocks. Design of slopes in rock considering both the two and the three dimensional cases of sliding failure. Analysis of failed slopes to determine cohesion along the sliding surface. Improvement of rock slopes including the design of rock anchors.

Prerequisites: ESCI 2321, ESCI 3411 , or equivalent. Equivalent to ESCI 4412. 

GE5153Environmental Geotechnics4 ch (3C 3L*)

Design of sanitary landfills, with emphasis on clay liners and composite liners. Properties of geosynthetics. Geotechnical properties of municipal solid waste. Landfilling procedures. Hydrological evaluation of sanitary landfills. Site selection.

Prerequisites: CE 3113 , GE 2022

GE5753Engineering Hydrology4 ch (3C 3L)

Covers important topics in quantitative hydrogeology, including: principles of saturated and unsaturated groundwater flow, solutions to groundwater flow problems, well hydraulics and pumping tests, and contaminant migration and attenuation processes in groundwater.

Prerequisites: CE 2113, CE 3713, ESCI 1001, ESCI 1026.

GE5943Research Project4 ch (1C 6L) [W]

Each student will work on an approved research project. The student will: present a proposal which will serve as the basis for the project; carry out work on the project with the guidance of an approved supervisor; submit written progress reports at specified times; write a final report at the completion of the project; present the subject of the report orally; and attend similar presentations by colleagues.

Prerequisite: Restricted to students in the final year of the program, or with permission of the instructor. 

GE4993Senior Team Design8 ch (1C 2T 4L) [W]
Working in teams, students will complete a full year Geological engineering design project that draws on knowledge and skills obtained in previous courses. With support from academic and industry mentors, student teams will design a structure, system, process or resource management or development plan to meet a broad range of specified constraints for an identified client. Students will manage their projects professionally, prepare comprehensive design documentation, and present and defend all aspects of their design to the client and broader audience.Prerequisite: Restricted to students in their final year of the program, or with permission of the instructor.