Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


The knowhow needed for a rock facility planner in general or for structural planning. Students are able to:

- describe the planning tasks in a rock engineering project

- select appropriate rock investigation and rock mechanical modelling methods

- select rock excavation and rock reinforcement methods

- explain the legal, safety and environmental requirements in rock construction work in small planning group

Credits: 5

Schedule: 19.04.2021 - 31.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Juha Antikainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Juha Antikainen

Contact information for the course (valid 15.03.2021-21.12.2112):

Responsible teacher Juha Antikainen,

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:

    General planning and special requirements for the typical rock facilities. Special solutions for excavation and reinforcement in rock construction. General elements for underground rock reinforcement design, types of rock reinforcement that may be utilized in the underground environment. Monitoring of rock structures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises.

    Grading: Exam and exercises

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises, site visit, teamwork and home assigments, exam



Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture slides, professional handbooks, regulations and standards

    Recommended literature (examples):

    Finnish Tunnelling Association 1997: The Fourth Wave of Rock Construction

    Finnish Tunnelling Association 2011: Rock - sound of countless opportunities

    Kuesel, King, Bickel 1996: Tunnel Engineering Handbook

    Carmody & Sterling 1993: Underground Space Design

    Palmström & Stille 2015: Rock Engineering

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-32.3010 Kalliorakennustekniikka

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    GEO-E2030 Rock Mechanics, GEO-E1040 Rock Excavation

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities