Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 19.02.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Mikael Rinne

Visit: Rakentajanaukio
4, Espoo

R-building, 1st floor, room; 147

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III (Spring 2019)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completion of this course the student

- can describe the work cycles in rock excavation, hauling and loading, crushing and rock reinforcement in hard rocks
- can characterize and explain rock excavation techniques: drilling & blasting, mechanical excavation including TBM (tunnel boring machine technique) and underground mining methods
- can select suitable excavation methods and equipment for typical rock excavation projects
- can describe dewatering and ventilation for excavation works
- recognize the environmental effects related to rock excavation and blasting
- can apply the above knowledge to design simple rock excavations.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Drilling, blasting and mechanical excavation methods for quarrying, tunneling and mining. Raise boring and shaft sinking methods. Theory and application of blasting, explosives and detonators and planning of simple blasting work. Loading, hauling, dumping and processing of blasted rock and selection of machines. Rock reinforcement, especially bolting and shotcreting. Basic concepts in grouting, ventilation and dewatering.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, exercises, exam

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 h (12 x 2 h)

Numerical exercises 21 h (7 x 3 h)

Practical exercises 8 h (2 x 4 h)

Preparing for lectures, exercises and examination 79 h

Examination 3 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

E. Hoek, P.K. Kaiser, and W.F. Bawden (2000). Support of Underground Excavations in Hard Rock. Lecture presentations and additional material distributed during the course.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course substitutes the course Rock Excavation Rak-32.2031 and the course Rak-32.2035 Exercises in Rock Excavation when both has been completed.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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