224-0209/03 – Geotechnical Monitoring (GM)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2002/2003Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFAST, HGFIntended for study typesBachelor, Follow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
HRU30 doc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.
STO118 Ing. Martin Stolárik, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Combined Credit and Examination 12+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

- introduce the concept of a geotechnical monitoring - formulate the basic principles of general objectives and methods of geotechnical monitoring - to characterize the different methods and geotechnical measurements, comparison of the methods - formulate and discuse the geotechnical monitoring design for the various type of geotechnical and underground structures - analysis of options, evaluate the results of geotechnical monitoring

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs
Project work
Terrain work


The course includes basic principles of geotechnical monitoring, basic principles of monitoring systems and an overview of methods and instrumentation equipment that can be used for monitoring stress in the rock or the environment. the reinforcement, reinforcement loads, deformations, subsidence, water pressure, water flow, seismic activity, radon (load cells, inclinometers, konvergometry, extensometer, piezometer, settlement of sensors, indicators of water flow, etc.). In this course, students are also acquainted with the design of monitoring for various types of underground structures, slopes and embankments, and treatment options resulting monitoring data, including any back analysis.

Compulsory literature:

Dunnicliff, J. Geotechnical Instrumentation for Monitoring Field Performance, John Wiley 1988, ISBN 0-471-00546-0.

Recommended literature:

R.S. Sinha: Underground Structures (Design and Instrumentation), Elsevier 1989 J.A. Franklin, M.B. Dusseault: Rock Engineering, Mc Graw-Hill Publishing Company 1989

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

control tests


not available

Další požadavky na studenta

no additional requirements


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures: 1. Geotechnical monitoring, its main functions and components. 2. Basic principles of measurement systems. 3. Measurement of the initial stress of rock mass - the deformational method, compensation methods, reloading method, hydrofracturing. 4. Convergence measurements, the measurements of cracks and faults propagation. 5. Extensometer and inclinometer measurements, monitoring of rocks displacements by using of fragile plates. 6. Groundwater Monitoring - monitoring of water pressure and flow direction groundwater. 7. Monitoring of stress and loading on support. 8. Monitoring settlement and large deformation, temperature control monitoring. 9. Monitoring of seismic activity and radon. 10. Design of monitoring of underground structures. 11. Project monitoring of slopes and embankments. 12. Back analysis, principles and methods. Exercise: 1. Implementation of convergence measurement, evaluation. 2. Inclinometer measurements - implementation and evaluation. 3. Monitoring of relative displacements in the direction of the axis of the borehole - extensometer measurements. 4. Monitoring of water pressure by piezometer. 5.Practical acquaintance with the possibilities of monitoring of stress and loading - the direct and indirect methods. 6. Design of a monitoring system for underground structures. 7. Design of the monitoring system of slopes and embankments. 8. Back analysis, calculation program INVERZET. 9. Final test, credit. Tasks: 1. Implementation of back calculation for determining the deformation characteristics of the geological environment. 2. Design a monitoring project.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2016/2017 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  15
        Examination Examination 65  36
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: 70 %

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.FormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2018/2019 (N2110) Geological Engineering (2101T003) Geological Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2017/2018 (N2110) Geological Engineering (2101T003) Geological Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2016/2017 (N2110) Geological Engineering (2101T003) Geological Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2019/2020 Full-time English Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2018/2019 Full-time English Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block