Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Engineering Geology – an introductory course

Overall Course Objectives

– To achieve insight into engineering geological conditions in Denmark.
-To give the student insights into how the Earth and the various systems and spheres, the lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere and biosphere work and and relate.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain basic geological and hydrogeological definitions: minerals, soil, rocks, porosity, hydraulic conductivity, etc.
  • define commonly used laboratory methods for the characterization of sediments
  • explain central aspects of the geological conditions in Denmark
  • utilize the geological maps and relevant databases for bore holes and ground water quality in Denmark and be able to use them for engineering purpose
  • identify the processes which created the Danish sediments and the Danish landscape
  • define some geological processes that affect humans and infrastructure: landslides, coastal erosion, volcanism, earth quakes
  • identify the environmental aspects of the use of geological raw materials in sedimentary areas
  • identify geological raw materials, water, minerals
  • explain the relationship between natural klimatic oscilations and geology
  • define the most prominent Danish groundwater reservoirs, including their hydraulic properties
  • understand the relationship between hydraulic properties and ground water flow, including know concepts as groundwater magasin and catchment area
  • describe relationship between accumulation of groundwater, groundwater quality and land use.

Course Content

Introduction to the geological conditions in Denmark. Sediments and their formation. Weathering processes and erosion. Rivers, ice and wind as transport systems of sediment material and sedimentation from these. Coastal Geology. Glacial deposits in Denmark. Soil description. Geological raw materials (water, gravel, limestone, clay for brickworks, etc.). Geology and klimate. Hydrogeologi.

Recommended prerequisites

11411, It is recommended to follow 11411 the same semester.

Teaching Method

Lectures, practicals, 1- and 2-day excursions in Denmark.


The course is introductory and provides a good basis for later immersion in several directions, including field studies with arctic technology, geotechnical assessment for building, construction, and road building, hydrology, hydrogeology, mapping of raw materials, pollution studies, coastal protection, hydropower, etc.
The course moves to the fall semester (E3B) in 2022.

See course in the course database.





13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12410
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Fri 13-17

7.500,00 DKK