Rock mechanics

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    Introduction

    It is assumed that anyone taking this course will have already successfully completed an introductory geology course. It is also assumed that courses in elementary calculus, statics and trigonometry have been completed. Since rock and soil mechanics share principles, it is advised that the student undertake a soil related course. Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering is a young engineering field and many of the pioneers are still involved in research. It is an exciting field and worth considering as a specialization for geologists, mining and civil engineers.

    “Inspired by tunneling and excavations the study of rock mechanics has traditionally concentrated on laboratory tests, determining the mechanical constants and properties of rock specimens in the elastic and brittle fields.

    The technological revolution of the past century has dramatically improved our methods for exploiting earth materials. Rock Mechanics is the theoretical and applied science of the mechanical behavior of rock; it is that branch of mechanics concerned with the response of rock to the force fields of its physical environment” Principle of Rock Mechanics – Weijermars.

    Objectives

    The nature and behavior of rock in terms of strength and deformation is critical to determine its stability. This course aims to provide the engineer with the essential skills to evaluate these two parameters and consequently determine the appropriate form of ground control. After completion the students will be able to appreciate and identify geologic features that could have short and long-term consequences to the overall performance of various engineering structures and projects that they might encounter in their engineering careers, and how to quantify the effect of geologic features when considering rock-structure interaction.


    Limited places.

    Contents tab

    • – Rock identification, characteristics and properties stress
    • – Strength and testing of intact rock failure criteria
    • – Rock mass classifications
    • – Empirical underground support selection insitu stresses
    • – Rock slope stability
    • – Rock foundations
    • – Structurally controlled behavior of underground excavations
    • – Stress controlled behavior of underground excavations ground support
    • – Shotcrete for rock support
    • – Field deformability measurements

    Jair Santos

    Jair Santos has more than 20 years of combined experience in Geotechnical and Software Development experience. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, Geology and Civil Engineering, a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in Canada, with emphasis in Geotechnical engineering, and several information technology certifications.

    His set of skills includes geotechnical engineering, computer programming, database design and geographic information systems (GIS), acquired after working in South and North America.

    He had the opportunity to perform geotechnical and geological evaluation for highway projects. He also worked as a manager of a laboratory of concrete and soils, providing support for a variety of construction projects. In addition, he developed software using languages such as C, C++, and PHP, and designed databases using Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.

    He thoroughly enjoys working with information technology and the engineering information that can be obtained with proper manipulation of these tools.

    He is fluent in English, Portuguese and conversational Spanish.

    All of our courses are offered 100% online, through our intuitive Virtual Campus. Topics are taught through:

    • – Videos
    • – Interactive multimedia content
    • – Live classes
    • – Texts
    • – Case studies
    • – Evaluation exercises
    • – Additional documentation

    The content is updated in each new course edition, so that knowledge is acquired around the latest news and state-of-the-art geotechnical engineering technology.

    One of the most interesting aspects of our courses is the use of live videoconferences, in which teachers and students interact in a continuous exchange of knowledge and problem solving. In addition to this, students can make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point where they can interact with teachers and other students.

    A tutoring system will also be established by email, which will resolve any possible doubts about the course, and which will serve as a point of connection for students with specific questions on each module.

    Students can also download all course documentation, including texts, videos, video conferences and exercises.

    • – Geology, Geological and Civil Engineering students interested in learning the principles of Rock Mechanics;
    • – Engineers who wants pursuing or transitioning to a Rock Mechanics career;
    • – Structure Engineers who want to have a comprehensive understanding of Rock

    At the end of the course, and as accreditation of knowledge acquired and of the technical and practical training, students who correctly complete the corresponding evaluation tests of the geotechnical engineering course will obtain an academic certificate issued by Ingeoexpert. This digital certificate is protected by Blockchain technology, making it unique and tamper-proof, thus enabling companies to verify its authenticity.

    It can also be downloaded by students, forwarded by email and shared on social networks, as well as embedded on any website. You can see an example here.

    There are a number of industries that employ engineers with knowledge of rock mechanics. The mining, petroleum and construction industries are at the top of the list. Construction has multiple applications in infrastructure, tunneling, irrigation, dam building, and more. It is expected that demand for rock mechanics specialists will increase due to global trends such as:

    • – Demand for materials found in hard-to-mine
    • – Growth in infrastructure and hydropower construction in developing
    • – The need to secure unsafe rock formations in populated
    • – Investment in geothermal energy and hydrocarbons

    It’s not hard to understand the depth of importance of rock mechanics as an essential part of achieving success in a variety of civil engineering career areas including transportation, wastewater, underground construction and more.

    Introduction

    It is assumed that anyone taking this course will have already successfully completed an introductory geology course. It is also assumed that courses in elementary calculus, statics and trigonometry have been completed. Since rock and soil mechanics share principles, it is advised that the student undertake a soil related course. Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering is a young engineering field and many of the pioneers are still involved in research. It is an exciting field and worth considering as a specialization for geologists, mining and civil engineers.

    “Inspired by tunneling and excavations the study of rock mechanics has traditionally concentrated on laboratory tests, determining the mechanical constants and properties of rock specimens in the elastic and brittle fields.

    The technological revolution of the past century has dramatically improved our methods for exploiting earth materials. Rock Mechanics is the theoretical and applied science of the mechanical behavior of rock; it is that branch of mechanics concerned with the response of rock to the force fields of its physical environment” Principle of Rock Mechanics – Weijermars.

    Objectives

    The nature and behavior of rock in terms of strength and deformation is critical to determine its stability. This course aims to provide the engineer with the essential skills to evaluate these two parameters and consequently determine the appropriate form of ground control. After completion the students will be able to appreciate and identify geologic features that could have short and long-term consequences to the overall performance of various engineering structures and projects that they might encounter in their engineering careers, and how to quantify the effect of geologic features when considering rock-structure interaction.


    Limited places.

    Read more

    Contents tab

    • – Rock identification, characteristics and properties stress
    • – Strength and testing of intact rock failure criteria
    • – Rock mass classifications
    • – Empirical underground support selection insitu stresses
    • – Rock slope stability
    • – Rock foundations
    • – Structurally controlled behavior of underground excavations
    • – Stress controlled behavior of underground excavations ground support
    • – Shotcrete for rock support
    • – Field deformability measurements

    Read more

    Jair Santos

    Jair Santos has more than 20 years of combined experience in Geotechnical and Software Development experience. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, Geology and Civil Engineering, a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in Canada, with emphasis in Geotechnical engineering, and several information technology certifications.

    His set of skills includes geotechnical engineering, computer programming, database design and geographic information systems (GIS), acquired after working in South and North America.

    He had the opportunity to perform geotechnical and geological evaluation for highway projects. He also worked as a manager of a laboratory of concrete and soils, providing support for a variety of construction projects. In addition, he developed software using languages such as C, C++, and PHP, and designed databases using Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.

    He thoroughly enjoys working with information technology and the engineering information that can be obtained with proper manipulation of these tools.

    He is fluent in English, Portuguese and conversational Spanish.

    Read more

    All of our courses are offered 100% online, through our intuitive Virtual Campus. Topics are taught through:

    • – Videos
    • – Interactive multimedia content
    • – Live classes
    • – Texts
    • – Case studies
    • – Evaluation exercises
    • – Additional documentation

    The content is updated in each new course edition, so that knowledge is acquired around the latest news and state-of-the-art geotechnical engineering technology.

    One of the most interesting aspects of our courses is the use of live videoconferences, in which teachers and students interact in a continuous exchange of knowledge and problem solving. In addition to this, students can make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point where they can interact with teachers and other students.

    A tutoring system will also be established by email, which will resolve any possible doubts about the course, and which will serve as a point of connection for students with specific questions on each module.

    Students can also download all course documentation, including texts, videos, video conferences and exercises.

    Read more

    • – Geology, Geological and Civil Engineering students interested in learning the principles of Rock Mechanics;
    • – Engineers who wants pursuing or transitioning to a Rock Mechanics career;
    • – Structure Engineers who want to have a comprehensive understanding of Rock

    Read more

    At the end of the course, and as accreditation of knowledge acquired and of the technical and practical training, students who correctly complete the corresponding evaluation tests of the geotechnical engineering course will obtain an academic certificate issued by Ingeoexpert. This digital certificate is protected by Blockchain technology, making it unique and tamper-proof, thus enabling companies to verify its authenticity.

    It can also be downloaded by students, forwarded by email and shared on social networks, as well as embedded on any website. You can see an example here.

    Read more

    There are a number of industries that employ engineers with knowledge of rock mechanics. The mining, petroleum and construction industries are at the top of the list. Construction has multiple applications in infrastructure, tunneling, irrigation, dam building, and more. It is expected that demand for rock mechanics specialists will increase due to global trends such as:

    • – Demand for materials found in hard-to-mine
    • – Growth in infrastructure and hydropower construction in developing
    • – The need to secure unsafe rock formations in populated
    • – Investment in geothermal energy and hydrocarbons

    It’s not hard to understand the depth of importance of rock mechanics as an essential part of achieving success in a variety of civil engineering career areas including transportation, wastewater, underground construction and more.

    Read more

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