Geological Engineering (GE)

GE F101      Introduction to Geological Engineering
1 Credit

Offered Fall

Multiple aspects of geological engineering as a profession; the area and scope of the field.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

GE F261      General Geology for Engineers
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Study of common rocks and minerals, landforms and erosion. Geologic materials and engineering application of geology.

Prerequisites: MATH F151X; MATH F152X; Geology, science or engineering majors.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F322      Erosion Mechanics and Conservation
3 Credits

Offered Spring or As Demand Warrants

Engineering mechanics of water and wind erosion processes, types of geologic or anthropogenic induced erosion, application of engineering principles for design, management and control of erosion and engineering analysis of conservation structures.

Prerequisites: ES F341.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F365      Geological Materials Engineering
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Identification and classification of soils, physical and mechanical properties of soil, interaction of soils with subsurface water, subsurface exploration and case studies with an emphasis on permafrost.

Prerequisites: ES F208; GE F261.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F371      Remote Sensing for Engineering
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Applications of remote sensing to geological engineering problems. Introduction to digital satellite image processing with hands-on practice.

Prerequisites: PHYS F212X.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F375      Principles of Engineering Geology and Terrain Analysis
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Evaluation of terrain characteristics using basic geomorphic and engineering principles. Alaskan applications are provided due consideration.

Prerequisites: GE F261.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F376      GIS Applications in Geological and Environmental Engineering
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals, concepts and components of geographic information systems (GIS) in engineering design. Introduction to acquiring, manipulating and analyzing digital terrain data for geological engineering and environmental applications, and the assessment of mineral resources. NRM F338 Recommended.

Prerequisites: GE F261; GE F375.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F381      Field Methods and Applied Design I      (W)
2 Credits

Offered Summer

Techniques and geologic mapping and geotechnical instrumentation applied to engineering design and resource evaluation.

Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X, WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X or WRTG F214X; GE F261; GEOS F213; GEOS F214; GEOS F320; GEOS F314.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 9 + 3

GE F382      Field Methods and Applied Design II      (W)
4 Credits

Offered Summer

Techniques and geologic mapping and geotechnical instrumentation applied to engineering design and resource evaluation.

Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X, WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X or WRTG F214X; GE F261; GEOS F213; GEOS F214; GEOS F320; GEOS F314.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 9 + 0

GE F384      Engineering Geology of Alaska      (a)
4 Credits

Offered Summer or As Demand Warrants

A survey of the geology of Alaska relevant to the definition of natural and human-induced geological engineering hazards, the evaluation of sources of and specifications for engineering materials, and the evaluation of engineering construction sites.

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 1 + 2

GE F400      Geological Engineering Internship
1-3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Supervised work experience in engineering organizations. Assignments will be individually arranged with cooperating organizations from the private and public sectors. A report of activities must be completed and reviewed by the sponsoring organization. The report may be held in confidence at the request of the sponsoring organization.

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1-3 + 0 + 0

GE F405      Exploration Geophysics
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Theory and application of gravity, magnetic, electrical, electromagnetic, radioactive and seismic methods as used for geophysical exploration. Some field work.

Prerequisites: GE F375; MATH F251X; PHYS F211X.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F420      Subsurface Hydrology
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Hydrologic, geologic and other factors controlling groundwater flow, occurrence, development, chemistry and contamination. Elementary groundwater flow theory. Interactions between surface-subsurface hydrologic systems. Hydraulic characteristics of earth materials, engineering problems and models related to subsurface fluids, and properties of water.

Prerequisites: GE F365; MATH F302; ES F341.

Stacked with GE F610.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F422      Soil Physics      (a)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals of soil physics, including soil texture, structure, size distribution, and water retention characteristics; flow of water through saturated and unsaturated soil; soil temperature and heat flow; infiltration, runoff, and evaporation. Processes relevant to active layer dynamics and permafrosts are given due consideration.

Prerequisites: CHEM F105X, CHEM F106X.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F430      Geomechanical Instrumentation
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Measurement of groundwater pressure, ground deformation, stress and temperature as well as the planning of monitoring programs, instrument calibration, maintenance and installation, data collection, interpretation, and reporting. Case histories are used.

Prerequisites: ES F331; GE F261 or GEOS F101X.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F435      Exploration Design
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Geologic, engineering and economic considerations applied to the design and development of mineral exploration programs.

Prerequisites: GEOS F314.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F440      Slope Stability
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Slope design for open pit mining and other excavations. Stability analysis by various methods and on-site measuring and monitoring techniques.

Prerequisites: ES F331.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F441      Geohazard Analysis
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Procedures and techniques to evaluate geological factors for geohazards, such as landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, coastal hazards and permafrost-related problems.

Prerequisites: GE F365.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F445      Design of Earth Dams and Embankments
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Preliminary planning for design and construction of dams, site selection, reservoir assessment, foundation and other building materials, procedure for design of earth dams, design of abutment and spillway, estimation of volume of earthworks and storage capacities, site preparation for construction, excavation, slope stability issues and other geological engineering assessments.

Prerequisites: senior standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F480      Senior Design      (W)
3 Credits

Design factors and procedures for the solution of geological engineering problems. A design project is the focus of the course.

Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X, WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X or WRTG F214X; senior standing in the geological engineering program with completion of GE F261; GE F365; GE F371; GE F375; GE F381; GE F382; GE F405; GE F420.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 6 + 0

GE F610      Subsurface Hydrology
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Hydrologic, geologic and other factors controlling groundwater flow, occurrence, development, chemistry and contamination. Elementary groundwater flow theory. Interactions between surface-subsurface hydrologic systems. Hydraulic characteristics of earth materials, engineering problems and models related to subsurface fluids, and properties of water.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Engineering.

Stacked with GE F420.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F620      Advanced Groundwater Hydrology
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years or As Demand Warrants

Study of groundwater hydrology with emphasis on solute and contaminant transport, chemical reaction and ion exchange, advection and diffusion and computer modeling.

Prerequisites: GE F610; graduate standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F622      Advanced Soil Physics      (a)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals of soil physical processes, multiphase flow and transport in unsaturated porous media such as soils. Application of principles of unsaturated flow to geoenvironmental and geotechnical systems. Methods for characterization of hydraulic properties in relation to soil physical parameters in the context of geoengineering problems of flow and stability. Non-isothermal flow in unsaturated soils and its impact on subsurface environment. Biogeochemical processes affecting soil and groundwater contamination. Unsaturated flow and transport modeling including heat transfer relevant to active layer dynamics and permafrost underlain soils in Alaska and other similar cold regions.

Prerequisites: GE F610 and Graduate standing in Engineering.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F624      Stochastic Hydrology and Geohydrology
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Overview of the stochastic methods used to study and analyze hydrolic and geohydrolic processes. Emphasis on modeling hydrolic processes using statistical methods and stochastic interplay of processes between surface and subsurface hydrology.

Prerequisites: GE F620 and graduate standing in Engineering.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F626      Thermal Geotechnics
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals of thermal regimes of soils and rocks. Thermal impact of structures on soils. Thawing of permafrost beneath roads, buildings and around pipelines. Natural and artificial freezing of soils. Engineering means to maintain thermal regime of soils. Thermal design considerations.

Prerequisites: CE F326; CE F422.

Cross-listed with CE F626.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F635      Advanced Geostatistical Applications
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Introduction to the theory and application of geostatistics. Review of classical statistics, continuous and discrete distributions, hypothesis testing and global estimation. Presentation of fundamental geostatistical concepts including: variogram, estimation variance, block variance, kriging, geostatistical simulation. Emphasis on the practical application of geostatistical techniques.

Prerequisites: MIN F408; graduate standing.

Cross-listed with MIN F635.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F665      Advanced Geological Materials Engineering
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth study of geological materials (aggregates--sand, gravel and crushed rock for construction purposes) exploration, evaluation, testing and production. Emphasis placed on geological materials used for construction in Arctic and sub-Arctic environments, economic analysis of pit and quarry operations and availability of materials in Alaska.

Prerequisites: GE F365.

Recommended: MIN F408.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F666      Advanced Engineering Geology
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

The interaction between geology and engineering case histories.

Prerequisites: GE F365; graduate standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

GE F668      Tunneling Geotechniques
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Tunnel design, case histories, student report.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

GE F692      Graduate Seminar
1 Credit

Topics in geological engineering explored through talks, group discussions and guest speakers with a high level of student participation.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

GE F692P      Graduate Seminar
1 Credit

Topics in geological engineering explored through talks, group discussions and guest speakers with a high level of student participation.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

GE F698      Non-thesis Research/Project
1-9 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

GE F699      Thesis
1-9 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0