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Tunneling 7.5 credits

Second cycle, T7023B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 16 Jun 2017

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Rock Engineering and Mineral Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Mining and Mineral Technology

Entry requirements

Basic knowledge regarding the rock Engineering unit operations, rock blasting and mining engineering in Sweden corresponding to T0013B, basic rock mechanics corresponding to T0014B and soil mechanics corresponding to G0003B.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The course goal is to give students extended knowledge and good engineering ability regarding tunnelling, with main focus on tunnelling in hard rock. After the course you will be able to:

- Without complete information in an engineering and scientific way, analyze and answer the formulated problem.

- Carry out literature study and critically review information and summarize it in a scientific manner.

- Apply Swedish design standards for a tunnel project.

- Describe different stages in the design of a tunnel.

- Understand the basis for an engineering geological forecast

- Be able to calculate, account and argue for appropriate content in an initial and continued pre-investigation.

- Describe different tunneling methods as well as motivate and explain the choice of these.

- Analyze, compare and motivate, from a rock engineering perspective, when a tunnel option is more advantageous to use than other suggested alternatives.

- Understand societal aspects that affect tunneling.

- Propose appropriate measures related to technology, economy and organization for the efficiency of tunnel construction.

- Present current research and underground projects in Sweden and abroad and explain current principles and working methods used in tunnel design.


The course deals with tunnelling focusing on regulations, processes, pre-investigations, tunneling methods and current research in the field.
The course covers the following areas:
- Information and consultation - Societal requirements and needs for infrastructure projects.
- Regulations - Design of rock constructions, requirements and design advice.
- Process and stage - Stages in tunnel design linked to outcome of data and risk assessment.
- Preliminary Studies – Geophysics for rock engineers, Hydrogeology for rock engineers, Drilling Surveys, MWD, Engineering Geology
- 3D reporting of pre-investigation data
- Ongoing research in tunnel design and rock technology including current principles and working methods used in tunnel design
- Operation of tunnels in difficult conditions and maintenance of underground constructions
- Written and oral communication - Documentation in field, report writing, feedback on other people's work and oral presentation.

Classroom lectures and exercises, project work, and a field work. The students will submit a written report and make an oral presentation of the project work. The students will work in groups and with problems related to Swedish rock engineering industry. You will work both individually and in a team. Your grade will be by individual performance


2,5 hp Quiz/written exam grade U,3,4,5.

4.0 hp Project work, written and oral presentation, grade U,3,4,5.

1.0 hp Mandatory field work, grade U/G

Johan Funehag

Transition terms
The course T7023B is equal to T7021B

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Trafikverket, Projektering av bergkonstruktioner, Publikationsnummer: 2014:144, ISBN: 978-91-7467-671-6

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Project workG U 3 4 54.00MandatoryS18
0003Compulsory field studyU G#1.00MandatoryS18
0004Quiz/Written examG U 3 4 52.50MandatoryS20

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.