224-0938/02 – Environmental Problems in Geotechnics (EPG)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground EngineeringCredits10
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Naďa Rapantová, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Naďa Rapantová, CSc.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementCompulsory
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFASTIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
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RAP35 prof. Ing. Naďa Rapantová, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
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Full-time Examination 28+0
Part-time Examination 28+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Learning outcomes of the course are to extend the students' ability to analyze impacts of geotechnical structures on the natural environment, to design preventive and reparative measures in case of anthropogenic influences as well as geohazards.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Project work


The course focuses on the impacts of the geotechnical structures on the natural environment. The possibilities of their prediction and the reduction of human impacts on the environment are analyzed. Students will extend their knowledge both in the field of geohazard origin (slope deformations, floods etc.), and anthropogenous impacts of structures (changes in hydrogeological conditions resulted from geotechnical structures, landfilling of wastes etc.). Part of the subject is also the environmental impacts of mining and underground structures, in particular with regard to the abandonment of mines (flooding of mines, stability of shafts, subsidence basins, redevelopment of mine tailings and ponds, etc.), tunneling impacts (e.g. change in hydrogeological conditions). The course also includes the problems of soil and water contamination and their remediation. Summarizing of preventive and reparative measures in relation to geotechnical structures and geohazards is prioritized within the course.

Compulsory literature:

Sarsby, Robert W.. (2013). Environmental Geotechnics (2nd Edition). ICE Publishing. Online version available at: https://app.knovel.com/hotlink/toc/id:kpEGE00003/environmental-geotechnics/environmental-geotechnics

Recommended literature:

Brandon, Thomas L. Valentine, Richard J.. (2017). Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 - Geotechnical Materials, Modeling, and Testing - Selected Papers from Sessions of Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, March 12-15, 2017, Orlando, Florida. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Online version available at: https://app.knovel.com/hotlink/toc/id:kpGFGMMTS6/geotechnical-frontiers/geotechnical-frontiers Selected publications from journal Environmental Geotechnics E-ISSN 2051-803X

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

Preparation of the study on the selected topic related to the topic of the doctoral thesis.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

It is possible to characterize the following topics in the field of Environmental Geotechnics: 1.Geotechnics and the environment - environmental impacts, interaction building - environment. 2. Geotechnical risk assessment, management and sustainability - risks and their assessment - risk types, risk management, baseline study, risk analysis. 3. Geotechnical measures to eliminate or minimize the effects of geohazards (e.g. earthquakes, slope instability including landslides, floods, droughts,) 4.Contamination of soils and waters - monitoring, prediction of mobilization and transport, preventive and reparative measures. 5. Construction of waste disposals (including mining wastes), current knowledge of the design of engineering barriers - covers, liners, underground impermeable walls, reactive barriers, application of geosynthetics in geo-environmental engineering, etc. 6.Problems of underground storage of waste. a/ Geosequestration of CO2, b/ Deep radioactive waste disposal, c/ Underground gas storage, 7. Environmental impacts of mining activities – mine abandonment. a/ Mining waste - tailings, tailings dams, leaching fields - construction and redevelopment, b/ Geotechnical problems of mining - stability of pit walls - "depressurization" c/ Environmental impacts of mining - flooding, shafts stability, gas emanations, d/ Monitoring of old environmental legacies, potential use of old mine workings and mine water.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2018/2019 Winter semester)
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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (P0732D260003) Geotechnics and Underground Engineering P English Ostrava Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (P0732D260003) Geotechnics and Underground Engineering K English Ostrava Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (P0732D260003) Geotechnics and Underground Engineering P English Ostrava Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (P0732D260003) Geotechnics and Underground Engineering K English Ostrava Compulsory study plan

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