Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 4030-EMA
Modern engineering allows to improve our environment, mitigate hazards, and improve our quality of life. But although 50 years of geoengineering experience we still struggle with bad planning and mistaken decisions, resulting in accidents and disasters involving loss of life and resources. Moreover different, human independent, hazards can occur. Geohazards, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and tsunamis, can have devastating effects on populations, economies and landscapes around the world. In the current century world’s urban population rapidly grows, new cities are build and enlarged, and the old ones need to be rejuvenated. It demands to enlarge capacities of city transportation, underground structures such as subways, water tunnels, underground railways, and deep excavations. It causes a higher vulnerability to natural hazards. To mitigate or even to avoid these hazards we need to involve advanced systems for assessment and monitoring of inanimate nature and animate nature as well. Recently, we must have a more rational approach based on scientific knowledge augmented by research and environmental monitoring. We still have to build mines to extract minerals and coal, construct foundations, excavate rock slopes, dams, shafts, oil reservoir wells, build underground storage facilities for oil, gas, water and nuclear waste. All these human activities have an influence on the environment, but modern rock engineering allows us to mitigate this impact. Geoengineers have a crucial role in studying and analyzing the causes, mechanisms and impacts of natural and human-induced geohazards. Geoengineering knowledge helps to assess and predict the risks due to geohazards.
Wymagania (lista przedmiotów)
After completion of the course the student:
- has an elementary knowledge of geology, environmental protection, statistics, operations research, management and infrastructure related to the geoengineering;
- has an elementary knowledge of modern development trends in the area of urbanization, both in the constructions and service activities;
- has an elementary knowledge of the terminology, concepts, and methods of environmental management and assessment;
- has the knowledge to determine the spatial range and complexity of the engineering geological environment;
- has the knowledge to classify engineering-geological conditions and assess geohazards;
- has language skills in the fields of engineering and technology relevant to the environmental monitoring and assessment, according to the requirements for level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages;
- formulates and solves engineering tasks, using a variety of methods, including analytical, simulation and experimental methods;
- understands the need to improve professional and personal competences, the need for continuous training, including English language skills;
- is aware of the impact of non-technical aspects and the effects of engineering activities, including their impact on the environment;
- improve the understanding that the interdependence of site exploration, design, construction and operation - each with its own objectives - all striving to fulfill the overall objectives of the project;
- understands of the issues involved, the state-of-the-art methods to be used, as well as close co-operation between the owners, design engineers and contractors, and even other parties, such as the general public;
- understands that an adequate assessment of the environment is a prerequisite to formulating effective recommendations regarding the suitability of a site for sustainable human settlement and infrastructure development;
- realizes, that any structure or infrastructure interfacing with the geological environment can be constructed economically, perform safely, and can have a non-detrimental impact on other works and human lives only if all environmental elements are accurately identified and their properties adequately measured and evaluated.
K_W02; K_W05; K_W07; K_W09
K_U01; K_U02; K_U03; K_U07; K_U08
K_K01; K_K03; K_K05; K_K06; K_K09
Final written assessment of knowledge gained during the workshop,
three absences allowed (justified).
• Environmental Monitoring and Assessment - An International Journal Devoted to Progress in the Use of Monitoring Data in Assessing Environmental Risks to Man and the Environment.
• E. Hoek. 2007. Practical Rock Engineering.
• G. McCall, D. Laming, S. Scott Geohazards: Natural and man-made. Springer, 1995.
• Jian Chu, Sri P.R. Wardani, Atsushi. Geotechnical Predictions and Practice in Dealing with Geohazards. Springer, 2013.
• Fusao Oka, Akira Murakami, Sayuri Kimoto. Prediction and Simulation Methods for Geohazard Mitigation. CRC Press, 2009.
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