Frozen Ground Engineering for Arctic Infrastructures

Planning of infrastructure and engineering structures in the Arctic is particularly challenging because of the technical constraints imposed by environmental characteristics such as low temperature, permafrost, winter darkness, isolation and high cost of construction and operation.

Specific topics:

  • Introduction in engineering challenges in the Arctic

  • Permafrost and geocryogenic geological processes

  • Coastal problems in the Arctic

  • Thermal and mechanical behaviour of frozen ground

  • Laboratory investigations of frozen soils

  • Geotechnical survey methods in the Arctic for soil investigation.

  • Approaches for foundation design of infrastructures as buildings, roads, pipelines etc. in permafrost areas

  • Determination of soil parameters necessary for design of foundation for infrastructures.

  • Methods in Slope stability investigations

  • General information about avalanches: types, release mechanisms, snow stability evaluation methods, avalanche protection

  • Field investigations of snow for examination of avalanche risk

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.10.2014
ECTS credits15.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (others)
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsarcticenvironmentpermafrostengineeringextreme coldconstructionfrozen ground
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