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Geotechnical Monitoring

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Course Unit Code224-0209/03
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle, Second Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter, Summer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
HRU30doc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.
The course includes basic principles of geotechnical monitoring, basic principles of monitoring systems and an overview of methods and instrumentation equipment that can be used for monitoring stress in the rock or the environment. the reinforcement, reinforcement loads, deformations, subsidence, water pressure, water flow, seismic activity, radon (load cells, inclinometers, konvergometry, extensometer, piezometer, settlement of sensors, indicators of water flow, etc.). In
this course, students are also acquainted with the design of monitoring for various types of underground structures, slopes and embankments, and treatment options resulting monitoring data, including any back analysis.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
- introduce the concept of a geotechnical monitoring
- formulate the basic principles of general objectives and methods of geotechnical monitoring
- to characterize the different methods and geotechnical measurements, comparison of the methods
- formulate and discuse the geotechnical monitoring design for the various type of geotechnical and underground structures
- analysis of options, evaluate the results of geotechnical monitoring

Course Contents
1. Geotechnical monitoring, its main functions and components.
2. Basic principles of measurement systems.
3. Measurement of the initial stress of rock mass - the deformational method,
compensation methods, reloading method, hydrofracturing.
4. Convergence measurements, the measurements of cracks and faults propagation.
5. Extensometer and inclinometer measurements, monitoring of rocks displacements by using of fragile plates.
6. Groundwater Monitoring - monitoring of water pressure and flow direction
7. Monitoring of stress and loading on support.
8. Monitoring settlement and large deformation, temperature control monitoring.
9. Monitoring of seismic activity and radon.
10. Design of monitoring of underground structures.
11. Project monitoring of slopes and embankments.
12. Back analysis, principles and methods.

1. Implementation of convergence measurement, evaluation.
2. Inclinometer measurements - implementation and evaluation.
3. Monitoring of relative displacements in the direction of the axis of the borehole - extensometer measurements.
4. Monitoring of water pressure by piezometer.
5.Practical acquaintance with the possibilities of monitoring of stress and loading - the direct and indirect methods.
6. Design of a monitoring system for underground structures.
7. Design of the monitoring system of slopes and embankments.
8. Back analysis, calculation program INVERZET.
9. Final test, credit.

1. Implementation of back calculation for determining the deformation characteristics of the geological environment.
2. Design a monitoring project.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
Dunnicliff, J. Geotechnical Instrumentation for Monitoring Field Performance, John Wiley 1988, ISBN 0-471-00546-0.
Aldorf J., Kořínek R.: Geotechnický monitoring, skripta VŠB 1983
Rozsypal A.: Kontrolní sledování a rizika v geotechnice, Jaga group, Bratislava 2001, ISBN 80-88905-44-3.
Recommended Reading:
R.S. Sinha: Underground Structures (Design and Instrumentation), Elsevier 1989
J.A. Franklin, M.B. Dusseault: Rock Engineering, Mc Graw-Hill Publishing
Company 1989
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Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Experimental work in labs, Project work, Terrain work
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined