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: 20.04.2022 - 01.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises.

    Grading: Exam and exercises

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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



Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V

    2021-2022 Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration through WebOodi. Please see WebOodi for the registration dates.