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Rock and Soil Mechanics in Engineering Geology (ITC)(SC)

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English (100%)
9 weeks
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

In this nine-week course, you are trained in the use of remote sensing and GIS techniques for geological exploration (airborne geophysics, geological remote sensing, integrated image interpretation).

In this nine-week course, your are trained in the use of remote sensing and GIS techniques for geological exploration. Many countries, particularly those with under-explored mineral resources, need efficient methods for upgrading their geoscience knowledge base, which primarily means updating the national geological map coverage. Whereas in the past, the publication of traditional geological paper maps was a process lasting decades and entailing years of fieldwork, the need to attract timely foreign investment in mineral resource exploration requires an iterative and more time-efficient approach.

In this course, an integrated geological mapping approach is followed in which published geological maps are digitized and re-interpreted in a GIS environment on the basis of aerial photographs, satellite imagery and airborne geophysical data.

The main subjects in this course are airborne geophysics, geological remote sensing, integrated image interpretation and geological mapping methodology.

The course teaches how to apply GIS, remote sensing and geophysics in engineering geology with partuicular focus on rock and soil mechanics, and site investigations.

Instruction modes
Lectures and computer tutorials, case studies, multi-disciplinary projects, group assignments, professional skills, laboratory visit, site investigations, final project.

Rock and soil mechanics, Remote Sensing, geophysics, site investigations, subsurface 3D modeling, tunelling, foundation, geological image interpretations, presentation skills.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

BSc degree from a recognized university in Earth sciences, environmental sciences, engineering geology, or other relevant disciplines.

Professional experience

Relevant work experience (industry, government, university, NGO) is recommended but not mandatory.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.0, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80, TOEFL paper based: 550, CAE: C1, CPE: C2


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