Graduate Fieldwork (M.Sc. Engineering Geology) 

First Semester: The students will spend a total of 9 days in the field studying under supervision of the faculties. Students will learn to identify the rocks and minerals in the field, mapping and describing structures, and learn techniques and skills of observation, data recording, sampling, description, analysis and interpretation, learn about route mapping and preparation of geological maps, cross‐sections and stratigraphic columns.

They will also learn to study weathering and erosion processes, and field characteristics of soil and study soil profiles. Students will also learn the basic surveying techniques. At the end of the field work the students should be able to describe rock outcrops, map rock outcrops, Interpret rocks, textures and structures and describe and interpret folds faults, joints and other geological structures and prepare a geologic map. Also, learn the different tectonic units of the Nepal Himalaya. Students are required to prepare a geological map in the scale of 1:25000 and route map in 1:5000 scale, and also prepare a detailed columnar section. The fieldwork will be carried out in Lesser Himalayan region and visit various districts of Nepal. This will give the students the opportunity to observe rock types, structures and tectonics of the Himalaya.

Second Semester: Study of survey techniques required for engineering geological mapping. Outcrop mapping, structural analysis of rocks, Observation of different soil types, their field classification and  description, Observation of intact rock, discontinuities, study of geomorphic features and interpretations, simple field testing of rocks and soils for geotechnical purposes and preparation of engineering geological map and cross-sections, and hazard map.  Field work will be conducted in various districts of Nepal as per the availability of ongoing engineering projects and construction activities. 

Application of various rock mass classification systems in relation to civil engineering structures. Geophysical exploration techniques for various engineering geological projects. Report preparation and formal presentation for evaluation.

Third Semester: To provide the students some background knowledge of geological and engineering geological mapping and preparing engineering geological map, crossections, and data acquiring through field testing of soils and rocks. Students also do engineering geological study of hydropower project and prepare a brief report. Students also learn landslide inventory and process of underground construction.

Learn geological mapping, engineering geological mapping, field testing of soils and rocks, methods of collection of geomorphological, hydrological and geotechnical data and preparation of engineering geological map and present in a GIS based format. Learn landslide hazard mapping and data collection.

Each student will conduct geological and engineering geological study focusing on a specific project assigned by field supervisor(s) and with prior approval by the department. Student also prepare a specific project report on the available geological, engineering geological site investigation, slope stability,  landslide engineering, tunnel engineering, hydropower engineering and hydrogeological information along with field visit to validate the collected data. A final project report in a given format will be submitted to the department by individual student and make formal presentation as part of the examination.

Fieldwork of M.Sc. Engineering Geology (measurement of rock discontinuities)


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