2023-2024 / GEOL1028-1

Site investigation


5h Th, 40d Proj., 40h Labo., 5d FW

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering (joint-degree programme with the "Université polytechnique de Madrid")5 crédits 


Serge Brouyère, Frédéric Nguyen

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course makes students investigate a real site in a given context. It may consist for example in a contamination problem. Students will perform a series of field tests (pumping, tracer, drilling, CPT, geophysics) to characterize the various properties of the subsurface with a view to achieve the given objectives.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Design an integrated campaign for collecting hydrogeological, geotechnical and geophysical data.
  • Follow a geological drilling.
  • Conduct well surveys.
  • Characterize the spatial variations of parameters and data.
  • Integrate nd interprete a set of data.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.3, II.1, II.2, III.2, III.3, III.4, IV.2, IV.3, IV.5, VI.2, VI.3, VI.4, VII.1, VII.2, VII.3, VII.6 of the MSc in geological and mining engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Hydrogeology Applied Geophysics Geotechnics Geological mapping Geology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A couple of presentations will be given in order to prepare students for field investigations. The learning activities will be mainly data acquisition and integrated interpretation.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Written report and oral defense.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course contains a large amount of field work.
The way in which the course is organised may be adapted according to changes in the covid-19 health context.


Serge Brouyère and Frédéric Nguyen

Association of one or more MOOCs