Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 28.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mikael Rinne

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Otto Hedström, Mikael Rinne

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises, exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 22 h (11 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 80 h

    Examination 3 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Some knowledge in geology and or geotechnichs is recommeded.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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