Engineering Geology


Engineering geology deals with earth-structure and the application of the geology to engineering study for the purpose of assuring that the geological factors regarding the location, design, construction, operation and maintenance of engineering works are recognized and accounted for. Engineering geologists provide geological and geotechnical recommendations, analysis, and design associated with human development and various types of structures. The realm of the engineering geologist is essentially in the area of earth-structure interactions, or investigation of how the earth or earth processes impact human made structures and human activities.
In many engineering projects related to the structure of the land in that area, for example, for the construction of huge structures (dams, large bridges, power plants, industrial structures), mines, deep well drilling (oil, gas and geothermal), geological knowledge will be an integral part of engineering projects.
Considering the need for specialists in this field, it was first launched at Tarbiat Modares University at master level in 1983. After the success of its graduates in the higher education system and engineering companies, Ph.D. program was founded in 1993 at Tarbiat Modares University. The result of the efforts of the University and the Department of Geology has so far been contributing to the implementation of a significant number of research and development projects and the graduation of more than 150 master and 20 Ph.D. students. The teaching staff of this department consists of four full-time faculty members. The Department of Engineering Geology enjoys advanced laboratory facilities including Soil Mechanics Laboratory and Rock Mechanics as part of the Geology Engineering Laboratories.