Single-Course English 15 ECTS

Infrastructure Constructions in the Arctic

Overall Course Objectives

To give the student the knowledge and skills necessary to construct infrastructure (roads, ports, airports, tunnels) on rock and permafrost in the Arctic

Learning Objectives

  • Perform surveying in remote areas
  • Use GIS for advanced data storage
  • Perform geotechnical investigations
  • Perform geophysical measurements
  • Dimension infrastructure constructions like roads, harbors, tunnels etc. for industrial installations in remote areas
  • Design constructions in areas with permafrost
  • Conduct drilling operations in sediments and bedrock
  • Conduct classification of sediment and rock samples

Course Content

Core elements:
– Geotechnics and Geophysic
– Infrastructure Constructions

Site investigations
Geophysics measurement methods
Construction of roads and landing strips

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, Guest lectures, Group work, Visits, Field work and Project work. Introduction to different topics are given; the main part of the course is an interdisciplinary project work.



The course takes place in Sisimiut, Greenland
The course can only be taken as part of the Arctic Semester package together with 30857, 41882 and 12859
The course can be taken as a stand-alone course under Open University.
The course may be taken separately by students on the BEng education in Arctic Civil Engineering.
Students must bring their own computer, which will be used for modelling and GIS assignments; there is no access to databar.

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 25.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Sisimiut Campus

Course code 12854
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19

22.500,00 DKK

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