Instructor dr. Koch Edina
Co-instructor prof.  Richard Ray, Hudacsek Péter
credit 3 required lecture 2 hours/week seminar  1 hour/week
specialization Civil Engineering MSc  grading method    exam         semester        fall               

Based on the knowledge of the BSc’s geotechnical courses the subject deals with the design, construction, maintenance and reconstruction of the earthworks. We pursue that the graduate students will be able to solve these kind of problems individualy after a few years of practice. 

content of lecture

Overview of earth structures and their functions. Basics of embankment foundation design and construction. Method of earthworks material selection. Quality assurance for earthworks. Basic requirements of the embankment materials. Design considerations of cuttings. Maintenance of the earthworks. Typical failures of earthworks and the investigation of the causes. Design of reconstructions. Standards for road- and railway earthworks. Special issues related to flood levies and its directives. Other earthworks.

content of recitation  
Homework assignments        

HW1 Evaluation of english technical paper + presentation
HW2 Design of earthworks I.

midterm exam -
Course grade evaluation
qualifying for final exam  accepted homework assignments 
final exam

Written exam
Two part exam  
Part I consists a 60 minute test of 50 questions
Part II: Solve and discuss a practical earthworks construction/design problem.  (e.g. design embankment foundation for a given site) 


Class activity   25 points
HW1                 5 points
HW2               10 points
Exam              60 points

0 - 49 point     (1) fail
50 - 61 point   (2) sufficient
62 - 73 pont    (3) satisfactory
74 - 85 pont    (4) good
86 - 100 pont  (5) excellent 


Robert D. Holtz: Guide to Earthwork construction, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D. C. 1990.
U.Smoltzczyk szerk.: Geotechnical Engineering Handbook Volume 1-3, Ernst and Sohn, 2003 (related chapters)
International Levee Handbook, CIRIA, 2013. (related chapters)
Moseley, M. P., Kirsch, K. ed. Ground Improvement. Taylor and Francis, London, 2004. (related chapters)
Selected papers


I Vanicek, M. Vanicek: Earth structures in Transport, Water and Environmental Engineering, Springer, 2008.
N. A. Trenter: Earthworks: Guide, Thomas Telford, 2001

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requirements   schedule  2018 fall
exam questions   results  



Homework # 3 

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Szerkezetépítési és Geotechnikai Tanszék Eseménynaptára

Vizsgaidőszak vége 2020. július 11.
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