Master of Science - TU Delft Studentenportal


Master of Science - TU Delft Studentenportal
Master of Science
Course Guide
2003 - 2004
Department of Applied Earth Sciences
Applied Geophysics
Petroleum Engineering
Reservoir Geology
Engineering Geology
Resource Engineering
For further information:
MSc Course Guide 2003-2004
MSc Course Guide 2003-2004
1. Introduction
1.1 General introduction .............................................................................. 1
1.2 General Requirements............................................................................ 2
2. Delft University of Technology
2.1 Education .............................................................................................. 3
2.2 The regular study programme ................................................................ 3
2.3 Research ............................................................................................... 3
3. Department of Applied Earth Sciences
3.1 Mission.................................................................................................. 5
3.2 Organisation.......................................................................................... 5
 Board of Education (Opleidingscommissie)
 Board of Examiners (Examencommissie)
3.3 Educational Affairs ................................................................................. 6
 Directors of the MSc-programmes
 Education Co-ordinator
 Student Advisor
3.4 The study programme............................................................................ 6
3.5 Research ............................................................................................... 7
3.6 Bachelor/Master system; a brief explanation............................................ 7
3.7 Graduation in Sustainable Development .................................................. 8
4. Studying at TU Delft
4.1 Academic calendar 2003-2004 ................................................................ 9
4.2 Calendar ............................................................................................... 9
4.3 Student Administration........................................................................... 9
4.4 Schedules.............................................................................................. 9
4.5 Credits .................................................................................................. 9
4.6 Attendance............................................................................................ 9
4.7 Examinations ......................................................................................... 11
 TAS system
 Marking scheme
 "Tempometer"
 Examination results
 Graduations (foreign students)
4.8 Applying Master's examination (for Dutch students) ................................. 11
4.9 Student Statute ..................................................................................... 12
MSc Course Guide 2003-2004
5. Other useful information
5.1 Notice boards and publications ............................................................. 13
5.2 Photocopy ........................................................................................... 13
5.3 Books and lecture notes ....................................................................... 13
5.4 Study places........................................................................................ 13
5.5 Computer facilities ............................................................................... 14
5.6 Libraries.............................................................................................. 14
5.7 Student Facility Centre ......................................................................... 14
 The Front Office
 The Student Administration (CSa)
 Sport facilities
5.8 Student Associations ............................................................................ 15
 VSSD (TU Delft's Student Union)
 Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging (MV)
6. Foreign students
6.1 Course administrations......................................................................... 17
6.2 General Information............................................................................. 18
7. M.Sc. Courses and Module Descriptions
7.1 the system works ......................................................... 19
7.2 The MSc courses ................................................................................. 19
7.3 MSc Applied Geophysics ....................................................................... 19
7.4 MSc Petroleum Engineering .................................................................. 20
7.5 MSc Reservoir Geology......................................................................... 21
7.6 MSc Engineering Geology ..................................................................... 22
7.7 MSc Resource Engineering ................................................................... 23
8. MSc programmes 2003-2004
8.1 Applied Geophysics (AG) ...................................................................... 25
8.2 Petroleum Engineering (PE).................................................................. 26
8.3 Reservoir Geology (RG)........................................................................ 27
8.4 Engineering Geology (EG) .................................................................... 28
8.5 Resource Engineering (RE)................................................................... 29
9. Description of the courses
9.1 Course descriptions AG, PE, RG and EG................................................. 31
9.2 Course descriptions RE (EMC & EMEC) .................................................. 77
10. Course and examination regulations MSc
10.1 Course and examination regulations Master's degree AES ...................... 103
10.2 Implementation procedures.................................................................. 110
10.3 Regulations and guidelines for the board of examiners (in Dutch)........... 112
10.4 Regeling afstudeerfase (in Dutch)......................................................... 119
10.5 Afstudeerprotocol (in Dutch) ................................................................ 121
MSc Course Guide 2003-2004
General Introduction
The two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programme aims at talented students who hold
at least a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, or an equivalent degree, in a relevant
technical or engineering discipline. The M.Sc. Programme provides academic training
with excellent perspectives for an international career. The working language of the
programme throughout each course is English. The programme started in 1997 and has
attracted participants from more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa, America and Europe.
The prime objective of the M.Sc. Programme is to offer a challenging high level
education and research environment. The courses provide students with ample
opportunities to analyse technical problems and develop innovative solutions.
Furthermore, TU Delft, by virtue of its long tradition as an advanced learning centre and
also by virtue of its broader setting in Europe, invariably stimulates the student's
personal creativity, self-reliance and originality. The M.Sc. International Programme
brings together bright young people and places them in an international and intercultural
atmosphere, in which they will also discover a lot about each other and will learn from
eachother. The group members, sharing unfamiliarity with various new circumstances,
are likely to develop a sense of solidarity and mutual understanding, respect and
appreciation. This not only has a meaningful effect on the student's own personal and
professional growth and awareness, but also contributes to a better future world.
Depending on the course, the first year comprises theoretical study, assignments and
laboratory work. The second year is largely devoted to the final thesis work, which
involves participation in the university's advanced research or design projects or
development work in a company.
To ensure that students will be able to complete their M.Sc. course in two years and
qualify for the M.Sc. degree, they will be carefully selected by TU Delft prior to their
admission to the programme. Additional efforts are made to ensure the optimum study
progress of the students, including the assignment of individual mentors and counsellors.
Furthermore, special attention is devoted to assist students in improving their
communication skills, their professional development and their academic capabilities.
General Requirements
The admission policy of TU Delft requires that the previous diplomas and additional skills
and knowledge of applicants are of high quality and relevant. It is also required that
students are highly motivated, strongly interested and have a good command of the
English language. A selection committee will evaluate each applicant's capability to
complete the M.Sc. study at TU Delft successfully in two years.
The M.Sc. courses are advanced courses in the sense that they require a thorough basic
academic knowledge of an engineering or science discipline that 'fits' the M.Sc. course
intended. For most M.Sc. courses this requirement can be fulfilled if the applicant has a
B.Sc. diploma in the same discipline, or - in some cases - in a strongly related field of
study with major attention for the same basic knowledge.
Delft University of Technology
The seven faculties of TU Delft provide education in fourteen fields of study. Twelve of
these fields provide fourteen courses in the Master of Science International Programme.
The regular fields of study are Aerospace Engineering; Applied Earth Sciences; Applied
Physics; Architecture; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering;
Geodetic Engineering; Industrial Design Engineering; Life Science & Technology; Marine
Technology; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Systems
Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management; Technical Informatics, Technical
The regular Study Programme
TU Delft offers bachelor (in dutch) and master (in English) of science programs in the
above mentioned fields of study. In the graduation phase, students may choose from
among a number of variants, which enables them to partly fill in their education
individually. A traineeship, which can be done at a scientific institute or company in the
Netherlands or abroad, may be a component of the study programme.
All courses devote ample attention to a broadly based general development of the
prospective engineer. As such, the student may also acquire knowledge of business
economics, economics, and law, and will develop considerable social and communicative
Continuous attention is devoted to the university's educational system. In addition to the
lectures, tutorials, and practicals, new educational forms and methods are introduced
when necessary and desirable. From the first year on, students learn to work in project
groups. Tutors counsel students throughout the first phase of their study, and students
can ask for advice and guidance from counsellors throughout their study at TU Delft.
Well over 2300 scientists and 650 Ph.D. researchers at TU Delft contribute to the
technological innovations which are so characteristic to the present era. The researchers
conduct both fundamental theoretical research and practical research. The fundamental
research is financed by the Ministry of Education and Science and by foundations for
fundamental and pure scientific research, such as the NWO (The Netherlands
Organisation for Scientific Research). Thesis work of M.Sc. and Ph.D. researchers is an
important element of the research programmes.
Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology
Department of Applied Earth Sciences
The judicious use of the sub-surface of the Earth, and the sustainable exploration,
exploitation and use of raw and recycled materials, are central themes to the research
conducted at the Department of Applied Earth Sciences. Our Department, therefore,
endeavours to:
- investigate, describe, and predict those natural systems and processes that define the
characteristics and distribution of earth materials;
- provide relevant and beneficial approaches to geological and engineering aspects of the
exploitation, use and reuse of the Earth's surface and subsurface, ant its raw materials;
- evaluate the entire material cycle (raw materials, use, waste, reuse of material) by
considering the impacts of infrastructure on environment and economics, and the
required technology to minimise these impacts.
The Department exploits the synergy between the research groups covering,
geotechnology, geology and exploration of the sub-surface, geophysics, petrophysics,
petroleum engineering, mining, metal production, and material recycling. The mineral
and material properties and the dynamics of the Earth (including the mineralogy of waste
and products) link these disciplines and therefore form the golden thread of our
Within the national and international societal context, physical and chemical properties of
earth materials and systems, and their relationships to material and energy flows, are
investigated and assessed in geological, engineering, environmental, and economic
terms. Therefore, this Department contributes to the sustainability of modern society.
Concisely stated our mission is:
"Revealing and explaining the Earth's resources and supporting their sustainable
use in an environmentally conscious manner for the benefit of society"
Chairman of the department Applied Earth Sciences is prof.dr. S.M. Luthi. He has the
final responsibility for the education.
He is advised by a number of committees:
The Board of Education (Opleidingscommissie/OC).
Dutch law requires each 'study' to have an Education Committee, advising the Director of
Education on educational matters. Half of its members are students, the other half is
made up of scientific staff. The Committee's advice carries a lot of weight within the
Department of Applied Earth Sciences
The Board of Examiners (Examencommissie/EC)
This Committee is responsible for the organisation and co-ordination of all examinations
and the assignment of examiners. It provides instructions and guidelines for student
assessment. The Committee is authorised to approve educational programmes, which
have been compiled by individual students.
Educational Affairs
Within de Department there are a number of people and committees responsible for
educational matters. They are:
The Director of the MSc-programmes
For each M.Sc. programme there is a different director:
Applied Geophysics: C.P.A. Wapenaar,
Engineering Geology: E.C. Slob
Petroleum Engineering: prof.dr. P.K. Currie.
Resource Engineering; prof.dr. M.A. Reuter
Reservoir Geology: prof.dr. S.M. Luthi
The Education Co-ordinator
Mrs.drs. M.M.M Draijer
Mijnbouwstraat 120, room 107,
tel. (015) 278 7401,
e-mail [email protected].
Monique Draijer is the Education Co-ordinator of the Department. She is responsible for
assisting and guiding students in the planning of their M.Sc. programmes.
The Student Advisor
Drs. P. de Smidt
Mijnbouwstraat 120, room 107
tel (015) 278 1068
e-mail [email protected].
Pascal de Smidt is the Student Advisor of the Department. The Student Advisor acts as
an independent advisor to students. The Student Advisor will serve as an ombudsman
and 'confidant', and can be consulted on all matters influencing the progress of your
The study programme
The community of Applied Earth Sciences is small, which has the advantage of flexibility
and to 'knowing each other". The broad and internationally oriented courses make it
possible that graduates find employment in a wide range of businesses, both inside and
outside the disciplines offered at Applied Earth Sciences.
Five major directions are distinguished within Applied Earth Sciences:
 Resource Engineering (which includes mining, processing, metallurgy and recycling);
 Petroleum Engineering (which includes reservoir engineering, petrophysics, production
geology and drilling technology);
Department of Applied Earth Sciences
 Engineering Geology (which includes tunnelling, the use of underground space, rock
mechanics, ground stability and site investigation);
 Applied Geophysics;
 Reservoir Geology
The Department carries out a wide range of research in which the linking or earth
sciences, raw materials and technology constitutes a common denominator. The
research is concerned with exploration, winning and processing of solid, fluid and
gaseous mineral resources, other utilisation and uses of the subsurface, resource
consumption and recycling of recourses, and the associated engineering, energy and
economic aspects. The research is mainly on practical subjects with a distinct relevance
for the industry of for society at large.
Bachelor/Master system: a brief explanation
In the year 2000 29 Europe ministers of education have signed the "Bologna Declaration
on the European Space of Higher Education": the first step towards implementation of
the Bachelor/Master system in the Netherlands. The main targets of this system are:
 to stimulate international mobility of students
 development of international study paths
 an increase of the transparency and harmonisation of the educational system
 better international recognition of the Dutch educational programmes
The system has been implemented in the Netherlands per September 2002. TUD is the
first university in the Netherlands, which implements the system within all its study
The traditional programme of 5 study years is divided in a BSc-programme of 3 years
and a MSc programme of 2 years. The BSc-programme ends with a BSc-thesis. Only
after completing the MSc-programme the education is complete.
Features of BSc:
selecting and orientating propedeutic exam
collective courses in clusters
BSc-thesis as an integral test of the study programme
official language is Dutch
Features of MSc:
several variants and specialisations based on research
better admittance of foreign students
official language is English
degree with the title 'Ingenieur' of 'Master of Science'
The TU Delft emphasises that the implementation of this system should in no way
interfere with the progress of students, wich started their study before 2002. If,
however, this occurs it is recommended to consult the student adviser
Department of Applied Earth Sciences
Graduation in Technology in Sustainable Development
In addition to a Masters degree, DUT students can acquire an appendix on Technology in
Sustainable Development. To be eligible for this appendix three tasks have to be fulfilled:
* Participation in a two weeks course on recent developments in SD and the so-called
Sustainable Technological Development method,
* Passing SD courses for 11 ECTS chosen from two clusters
* Finishing a graduation project related to SD (45-60 ECTS). In each faculty, a "referent"
advises a student on the content of their work on SD.
This program broadens and deepens knowledge and skills that are needed to contribute
effectively to sustainable technological development. Depth is guaranteed by the thesis
project that has to be directed towards sustainability. For every engineering program, a
vakreferent DO determines before and afterwards if Sustainable Development has been
sufficiently elaborated in the research question as well as in the final thesis.
Broadening of knowledge is achieved by the course Technology in Sustainable
Development (wm0922TU) and a number of electives. WM0922 consists of 2 full weeks
(one week boat trip) plus self-study, and is offered twice a year (autumn and spring).
The student has to get at least 11 ECTS from courses that are oriented towards SD.
These courses are divided in 2 clusters:
A. Design, Analysis, Tools
B. Organization, Policy and Society
For a full list of electives:
Project group Education in Sustainable Development (ODO)
The project group Education in Sustainable Development supports all departments in
their efforts to integrate Sustainable Development in their educational programs. It is
hosted at TPM.
For more information or contact: K.F. Mulder ([email protected] / 2781043)
Ir. C.F. Rammelt ([email protected] / 2788440),
or contact the referee Sustainable Development at our department: prof.dr. S.B.
Kroonenberg, telephone (015) 27 86025, email: [email protected]
Department of Applied Earth Sciences
Studying at TU Delft
4.1. Academic calendar 2003-2004
1st semester
First period
second period
2nd semester
third period
fourth period
Summer holidays
Resit period
09-04-2004: Good Friday
12-04-2004: Easter Monday
20-05-2004: Ascension Day
31-05-2004:Whit Monday
Studying at TU Delft
The student year officially starts on September 1st, and ends on August 31st of the
following year. The academic year 2003-2004 starts on September 1, 2003
In the Department of Applied Earth Sciences, the academic year is divided into four
blocks. Each block consists of around seven weeks of education, followed by exam
periods of various lengths. August is the month in which exams can be repeated: re-sits
for the June exams can take place in the first week of January. There are vacations at
Christmas, Easter and in the summer.
Student Administration
The student administration for all students for Applied Earth Sciences is located in the
Applied Earth Sciences building, Mijnbouwstraat 120, room 107, tel: 278 1072, fax: 278
4891, e-mail: [email protected]. Opening hours: Monday to Friday
09:00 - 17:00 h.
The student administration is responsible for posting exam results on the notice-board
and provides students with their list of grades, and information about class schedules
and exam dates. They are also the place to submit forms, recently acquired grades and
changes of address.
All Schedules (lectures, exams) are published on our website:
The European standard for credit points is known as the European Credit Transfer
System (ECTS).
The two-year MSc course comprises 120 ECTS (84 TUD credit points) in total. 1 ECTS
contains a workload of 28 hours. These hours include all activities related to the module
such as attending lectures, practical work, independent study, group meetings and
assignment work.
You can find details about the modules available for each MSc course - and their values
in credit point - in the final chapter in this handbook.
During periods of education you are required - but not compelled - to attend lectures,
group tutorials, etc. You must, however, attend all laboratory practicals. In view of the
intensity of the M.Sc. course, we strongly recommend that you do not take leave of
absence during these periods, as you run the risk of missing essential tuition or practical
work. The Department is not responsible for delays in your study progress resulting from
such actions, and will not initiate remedial action.
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TAS system for subscribing for exams.
To sit for an exam, you must subscribe yourself to the exam by the computer-system
called TAS, at least two weeks before the exam. This system is available through the
internet. You need a special password. You can get this password to log in once in the
computer in the hallway of the building of Applied Earth Sciences by using your
Campuscard. The password has to be at least 6 characters, of which at least one must
be a number.
If you have this password you can log in in the TAS system using your student number
and this password at
When attending an exam, you must show your college/campus card (or other proof of
admission) - make sure you take this with you! At every exam, you must fill in your
name and student number. Examination regulations can vary. In some cases, you are
permitted to take books, notes and calculators into the examination room. If English is
not your mother language you may also take a dictionary.
Marking scheme
The proportion of the grade or mark obtained for each module (accounted for by course
work and examinations) varies from one module to another. The scale used is 0 - 10, i.e.
each examination awards a maximum grade of 10. A 6 is a 'pass' and a 5 is considered a
'fail'. For some practicals the grade given is "Pass".
A "tempometer' is an intermediate study progress report (a measurement of tempo with
which you are progressing with your programme). Twice a year, in February and July,
you will receive an overview of your progress, i.e. a list of the grades you have achieved.
You should check this information carefully, and report any inconsistencies to the
Student Administration immediately.
Examination results
Grades for written exams are made known as soon as possible. A list is then posted on
the notice board of the Student Administration (room 107).
The graduation ceremony for the foreign MSc students takes place in August of each
Applying Master's examination
Applying for a Master's examination has to be done by filling in a formula, which can be
obtained at the Student Administration.
For the academic year 2003-2004 the following dates have been determined:
Studying at TU Delft
for Dutch students:
Apply before
Meeting Examiniaton
September 13, 2003
September 30, 2003
October 8, 9 and 10, 2003
November 15, 20032
December 2, 2003
December 10 and 12, 2003
February 21, 2004
March 9, 2004
March 25 and 26, 2004
May 1, 2004
May 18, 2004
June 11 and 12, 2004
September 11, 2004
September 28, 2004
October 6, 7 and 8, 2004
for foreign MSc-students:
Apply before
August 1, 2004
Meeting Examiniaton
August 10, 2004
Graduation Day
to be announced
Student Statute (Studentenstatuut)
The Education Specific part of the Student Statute applies to the education and the
exams of the study Applied Earth Sciences. The Student Statute defines which
educational services are given and what is demanded from the students.
The Student Statute consist of:
 this Course Guide;
 the Course and Examination Regulations for the study Applied Earth Sciences;
 Regulations and guidelines for the Board of Examiners
The Course and Examination Regulations and the Regulations and guidelines for the
Board of Examiners are published on the website: and can also be
obtained at the Student Administration (room 107)
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Noticeboards and publications
The monitors in the hallway display the most urgent notices about for instance
changes in the schedules or cancelled lectures. It is advisable to check the monitors
every day.
The Department also has its own newsmagazine, called 'Nieuwsbrief'. This
'Nieuwsbrief' will be sent regularly (approx. every 2 weeks) by e-mail to all student of
Applied Earth Sciences, and contains a variety of news and information submitted by
students and staff from the department.
The website ( contains the most recent information.
Announcements, like changes in the schedules, are to be found on the homepage at
'Hot news'
TU Delft's newspaper, 'Delta', is published weekly. In it, along with all the latest
University news, there are interesting articles and interviews, job vacancies, film
reviews, etc. 'Page 4' has been dedicated to English-speaking readers, and contains
an overview of the main articles and latest news items.
Photocopies can be made at the copier on the ground floor, next to the stairs.
Copy cards are for sale at the concierge.
Books and lecture notes
Most lecture notes and handouts which are used, are for sale at the concierge.
The student Union 'bookmart' (VSSD shop, Schoemakerstraat 2, Delft) is a good place
to buy reasonably priced textbooks and other materials (calculators, floppy discs,
printer supplies, etc.)
Books can be bought (or ordered) at the bookshop ('Kooyker' Prometheusplein 1)
Study places
There are a number of individual study places available within the department. Some
of these study places are equipped with computers.
Students can use the following faciliteits in the building:
study places
study room on the second floor (room 233)
12 individual study places in de library of de building;
personal computers
PC's are available at the following locations:
room 166, room 233 and room 235, if not in use for educational matters.
the student-PC-room on the second floor (room 304);
projectroom in de cellar (room 031)
The printers in room 304 and 031 can be used freely by students.
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project room
Room 031 in the cellar is available for students who want to work in small groups.
The room has 2 conference tables, 5 computers and a printer. The room can be
booked from 9.00 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. at the Student Administration (room 107).
Notice that the door is locked; the key can be obtained from the Student
Computer facilities
All new students are automatically registered to use the University's computing
facilities. The department provides each student with an e-mail account.
The University's Central Library is located behind the Aula, at Prometheusplein 1, tel.
278 5678, e-mail: [email protected], website:
De University of Technology Library exists primarily for the University. However,
being so extensive, it is also responsible on a nation-wide level for providing
government, education systems and business with technical and scientific
information. The University's Library has the largest technical-scientific collection in
the Netherlands, with around 900,000 books or monographs, 9,000 current serial
publications/periodicals, 70 CD-ROM subscriptions, over 1,000 electronic periodicals,
and over 1,200,000 microfiches (mainly of scientific reports).
The library has 1,000 study places. 300 of these are equipped with PCs with Personal
Composers (and advanced search system, with which retrieved information can be
further manipulated using MS Office 97).
The University's Library's opening hours (for studying and accessing books) are:
Monday to Thursday 09:00-24:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
For more detailed information about the Library and its facilities please see the
publication 'A visitor's guide to the library', available at the reception desk in the
The Department of Applied Earth Sciences has its own library (room 152) offering its
own specialised collection of data carriers, tel. 278 6014.
Student Facility Centre
The Student Facility Centre (SFC) is meant for students of TU Delft who need help
with respect to questions and problems in the field of student facilities. The SFC is
also responsible for TU Delft facilities related to sports and culture.
The Front Office
The Front Office is the first contact address for the SFC and it can provide general
information about enrolment, financial matters, international exchange programmes
and other student facilities. For more specific questions the Frond Office will refer you
to a specialist in the Office for International Programmes, the Student Administration
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or to organisations outside TU Delft in the field of, for instance, housing and student
health care.
The Front Office can be found in the main building of TU Delft, Julianalaan 134 and is
open every workday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
telephone: (015) 27 8812
email: [email protected]
The Student Administration (CSa)
The Student Administration is responsible for the enrolment of students. This covers
issues like registration, payment and restitution of tuition fees, financial aid, etc. The
Student Administration is also responsible for the correspondence with the National
Registration Bureau (IBG), the issuing of certificates of enrolment and the Campus
The Student Administration has it's own desk in de mail building (Julianalaan 134)
and can also be contacted via telephone (015) 27 83249,
email: [email protected].
Sport facilities
Sportcentrum TU Delft, Mekelweg 8, 2628 CD, Delft.
Tel. 278 2443, e-mail: [email protected].
Delft University of Technology's 'Sportcentrum' is a large sports complex located on
the University campus. Along with a wide range of facilities for outdoor sports (12
tennis hard courts, a basketball hard court, 2 football fields, fields for volleyball,
hockey, softball, etc), the centre is also equipped with two sport halls, a hall for
Eastern-based defence sports, a multi-functional gymnastic hall, cardio fitness and
weight-training facilities, a large terras (also used for Yoga and Chinese disciplines
like Tai Ji), a large restaurant, bar, meeting room, etc. it's a great please to work off
any stress, keep fit, or just unwind with fellow students. Student membership cost
about € 50.
Student Associations
VSSD (TU Delft's Student Union)
Office: Poortlandplein 6
Tel: 278 2050 Fax: 278 7585
E-mail: [email protected], website:
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00, Friday 08:30-13:00.
Shop: Schoemakerstraat 2
Tel: 278 4125 Fax: 278 1421
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:30-14:00 and 15:00-17:00.
The VSSD's purpose is to safeguard the interest of all students studying at Delft
University of Technology. The union mainly focuses on areas such as education,
income, legal status and housing. It is a member of the National Student Union and
of the ISO (a national student body).
As well as representing the collective interest of students, the VSSD also provides
support and service to individual students by helping them with problems, and
through the publication and sale of reasonably-priced textbooks. The VSSD
represents the collective interests of student mainly through its participation in
various committees; these critically examine the University's policies, interact with the
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municipality of Delft, and liaise with government ministers responsible for education.
The VSSD is also an association that students can join to gain experience in areas
other than those related to their immediate studies. Union membership costs Dfl.
Students with problems can seek advice at the VSSD office during consulting hours
(Monday - Thursday 12:00-14:00).
Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging (MV)
for Applied Earth Sciences students
Room 360, Applied Earth Sciences, Mijnbouwstraat 120
Tel. 278 6039, e-mail [email protected]
Traditionally the Dutch mining students and mining engineers have a strong tie and
form an important world-wide network. The Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging (MV) plays
an important part during the study when it organises, in co-operation with the staff,
visits to companies, presentations by companies and career assistance. For the latter
the MV maintains a database system in which interested students and graduated
engineers with experience, can enter their resume. Companies can place job or
practical work opportunities in the database system.
The MV issues a yearbook, which contains a/o technical articles from the Department
staff and authors from industry and company advertisements. The book is distributed
among the alumni around the world.
Other useful information
Foreign students
Course administrations
Graduate Admissions Office
Delft University of Technology
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 5, 2600 AA Delft, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)15 278 8012, Fax: +31 (0)15 278 5690, E-mail: [email protected]
Visiting address:
Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
The Admissions Officers will usually be your first point of contact at the University.
The staff at the Admissions Office handles the application procedure, financial and
housing matters, and the distribution of student ID cards. You can go to the Office
with relevant enquiries during opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00 h.
Department M.Sc. Office
Monique Draijer is the M.Sc. Programme Co-ordinator at the Department of Applied
Earth Sciences (tel: 278 7401, e-mail: [email protected]). Monique will be
another one of your first point of contact at the University. Once you have arrived,
she will ensure that you are introduced to the relevant people - those in your
respective Department, you mentor, etc. - as well as answering any questions you
may have about the structure and organisation of your course. She is also there to
look after your general welfare during your stay in Delft.
Department Student Administration
The student administration for all students Applied Earth Sciences is located in the
Applied Earth Sciences building, Mijnbouwstraat 120, room 107, tel: 278 1072, fax:
278 4891, e-mail: [email protected]. Opening hours: Monday to Friday
09:00 - 17:00 h.
The student administration is responsible for posting exam results on noticeboard and
provides students with their list of grades, and information about class schedules and
exam dates. They are also the place to submit forms, recently acquired grades and
changes of address.
Contact address for the MSc Programme and for applications
TU Delft, Student Facility Centre
P. O. Box 5, 2600 AA, Delft, The Netherlands
Telephone +31 (0) 15 27 88012
Telefax +31 (0) 15 27 85690
E- mail [email protected]
Visiting adres: Julianalaan 134 (main building)
Foreign students
Headed by Annemarie Rima, the Student Facility Centre is responsible for the control
and co-ordination of the University-wide M.Sc. programme. The SFC handles matters
such as faculty and services co-ordination, promotions, finances, student selection
and recruitment, social activities, programme development, reporting to sponsor
organisations, graduations, housing, summer school, etc.
The Student Facility Centre has published a 'Visiting Students Guide', containing
useful information for students from overseas. As well as offering a lot of practical
information, it includes many tips to make your stay in Delft more comfortable and
enjoyable. You will find information on student clubs and associations, transport and
travel, museums and cinemas, restaurants and nightlife, as well as important
telephone numbers, details about medical care during your stay, etc. You can pick up
a copy of the Guide - and find lots of other helpful information - at the Student
Service Centre, Julianalaan 134.
Delft University of Technology has an extensive internet site, which is also available
in English. At, you will find University news updates, and
information about TU Delft and its history, the faculties and courses they offer,
research programmes being carried out by the University, etc. There are also a
number of pages dedicated to visiting students.
Foreign students
MSc Courses and Module Descriptions
7.1 the system works
The Department's M.Sc. courses are designed to train students not only to be literate in
their chosen subject area, but also to make professional use of the tools and techniques
of their discipline.
The content of the various M.Sc. courses (i.e. the modules, research project, etc.) varies,
and is tailored to meet the requirements of students with different backgrounds and
Each module title is preceded by a code, consisting of letters and numbers. The first twe
letters indicate the department which provides the course; for example, 'ta' is the
Department of Applied Earth Sciences (see abbreviations below). The first digit indicates
the study phase in which the module is taught to students, the middle two digits indicate
the group providing the course and the last digit indicates the version of the module.
A full example: ta4540 (Petroleum Geology 1; Exploration) is run by the Department of
Applied Earth Sciences, in the 4th year of the 5-year course, and given by the group
Petroleum Engineering.
Technische Natuurkunde
Wijsbegeerte en Technische
Applied Earth Sciences
Applied Physics
Technology and Society
The MSc courses
The Department of Applied Earth Sciences offers this year five, postgraduate, Englishlanguage Master of Science (M.Sc.) courses.
- MSc in Applied Geophysics
- MSc in Petroleum Engineering
- MSc in Reservoir Geology
- MSc in Engineering Geology
- MSc in Resource Engineering
MSc Applied Geophysics
Requirements for admission
Required diploma: BSc in Engineering Sciences or (Geo) physics.
Course objective
The goal of the Applied Geophysics course is training students to understand the existing
seismic imaging and characterisation methods (including their role and position in the
whole petroleum engineering cycle) for deep subsurface investigations. The final
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research project will bring our student to the level where they can work in acquisition,
processing and interpretation of seismic data at the operational level as well as in R&D.
Focal points in research and education
 Time lapse or 4D seismic imaging, linking 4D geophysical parameters to dynamic
reservoir parameters
 Seismic structural characterisation of migrated seismic data, improving facies analysis
 Imaging and characterisation in complex media, incorporating small-scale effects in
imaging, multi-scale analysis, imaging techniques for multi-valued arrivals
The first year consists of basic disciplines like complex functions, fundamentals of
borehole logging, rock-fluid interaction and subjects like seismic data acquisition,
processing and interpretation, petroleum geology and.
The second year includes, geophysics special subjects, fundamentals of bore-hole
logging ing and a field development project. The thesis research work of 32 credits is the
last part of the course.
Our graduates work in a wide range of companies related to the petroleum industry such
as oil and gas companies, contractors, engineering companies, operators and financial
institutions, others enrol in Ph.D.-programmes around the world. Some find employment
outside the petroleum industry, e.g. in consulting companies.
For further information on course content contact Evert Slob,
telephone +31 15 2788732 or e-mail [email protected].
MSc Petroleum Engineering
Requirements for admission
B.Sc. degree in petroleum or chemical engineering, geophysics or geology.
Course objective
The Petroleum Engineering course includes all aspects of the upstream petroleum
industry from reservoir engineering to drilling techniques and economical evaluation of
projects. The main objective of the course is for students to integrate knowledge of the
different areas in petroleum engineering (reservoir technology, petrophysics, production
technology, production geology) and enable them to manage the development of an oil
or gas field and to do research.
Focal points in research and education
Fluid flow modelling honouring multi-scale geological heterogeneity
Conformance control, inflow performance and smart wells
Placement and injectivity of fluids and chemical treatments
Hydraulic fracturing
Groundwater flow and subsurface environmental control
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The first year consists of fundamental subjects (hydrocarbon properties, rock-fluid
interaction, numerical mathematics), basic disciplines (drilling and production technology,
petrophysics) and 6 credits in a module on technology and society.
The second year includes the final thesis work. Furthermore it consists of a field
development project of 6 credits and 4.5 credits for electives.
The course programme puts great emphasis on multi-disciplinary work, integrating
engineering and geoscience. Moreover, a significant fraction of the programme is
dedicated to the underlying fundamentals, ensuring that our alumni will be equipped to
solve not just the problems of today but also those arising in the future.
Our graduates work in a wide range of companies related to the petroleum industry such
as oil and gas companies, contractors, engineering companies, operators, financial
institutions across the world. A number of them enrol in PhD programmes, again all over
the world.
For further information on course content contact prof.dr.P.K.Currie , telephone +31 15
2786033 or e-mail [email protected]
MSc Reservoir Geology
Required qualification:
BSc degree in Geology, Geophysics or Petroleum Engineering with a strong background
in geology
Course objective:
The Reservoir Geology course trains students to use modern measurements,
computational methods and new geological concepts to obtain a quantitative
understanding of the processes that laid down reservoir rocks. These skills are not highly
useful in the petroleum industry but also in other, related branches such as hydrogeology
and the search for some emerging new energies. The course meshes closely with the
courses in petroleum engineering and geophysics.
This course offers a very solid basis to work for companies in the energy sector, above
all in the oil and gas industry, but also engineering companies and new venture
companies in the energy and natural resource sector. It trains the graduate to think
critically and innovatively and it forms therefore also a good basis to continue in a PhD
Focal points in research are:
Quantative reservoir characterization
Process-based modelling at reservoir and grain scale
Analog field studies of recent and ancient deposits
The first year consists of fundamental subjects ( rock-fluid interaction, properties of
hydrocarbons & oilfield fluids, reservoir sedimentology,) and basic disciplines (exploration
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geology, production geology, advanced seismic interpretation, log analysis, reservoir
characterization and development).
The second year consists of advanced modules ( geological modelling, real-time
technologies, remote sensing), a field development project and the thesis work.
The course program puts great emphasis on multi-disciplinary work, integrating
engineering and geoscience. Moreover, a significant fraction of the program is dedicated
to the underlying fundamentals, ensuring that our graduates will be equipped to solve
not just the problems of today but also those arising in the future.
For further information on course content contact prof.dr. S.M. Luthi , tel (015) 27 86019
or [email protected]
MSc Engineering Geology
Requirements for admission
B.Sc. in Engineering Geology, Geological Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering or
equivalent, with sufficient knowledge of geology.
Course objective
Engineering Geology uses geological, geophysical and geotechnical methods to
investigate the sub-surface for civil engineering projects. The complexity of many
projects requires a sound assessment of ground conditions and environmental
implications. The course provides students with clear conceptual understandings of the
mechanical and hydromechanical interactions between sub-surface materials and
designed structures.
Focal points in research and education
Soil and rock mechanics and hydro-mechanics
Prediction and assessment of spatial-temporal variability of sub-surface materials
Integration of sub-surface investigation methods (geological, geotechnical and
Appropriate engineering geology design and practice procedures
The first year has two semesters of practical and theoretical subjects. Core engineering
geology subjects, directed to the development of basic engineering geology skills, are
followed by more specialised topics including environmental geotechnics, subsidence and
rock mechanics. The first year modules culminate in a field work period that includes
engineering geological mapping, field data acquisition, feasibility assessments,
preparation of tender documents, and expert assessment for potential damage claims.
The second year includes courses like Site Investigation II and Geohydrology, the thesis
research work of 32 credits and 5 credits for electives, preferably to support the thesis
research work.
The study combines classroom lectures, instruction at field locations, and individual
research to provide both practical and theoretical experiences so that graduates can
immediately practice engineering geology.
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Engineering geologists are employed word-wide by engineering consultants, contractors,
municipalities, national and international governmental ministries, and financial
institutions to assess engineering challenges and risks.
For further information on course content contact Slob,
telephone +31 15 2788732 or e-mail [email protected].
MSc Resource Engineering
Required qualification:
BSc degree in Applied Earth Sciences or equivalent level in another engineering discipline
(e.g. Mining, Minerals or Mechanical Engineering).
Course objective
Resource Engineering is concerned with the knowledge about the total Materials cycle,
from Mining and Mineral Processing to Extractive Metallurgy and Recycling. Goal of the
course is that students achieve a clear conceptual understanding of the technical, design
and economical aspects of the processes, which are part of the Materials Cycle
Graduates are employed worldwide by resource-based industries (mining, processing,
metallurgy, recycling) and both resource and not resource related manufacturers,
financial institutions, and consultants. A number of them enroll in Ph.D. programs in
various parts of the world.
Focal points in research are:
All aspects of the life cycle of mineral resources.
Optimization of the exploitation of resources by modeling and simulation
Design of metallurgical and recycling processes
The first year consists of practical and theoretical subjects in which the fundamentals of
particulate systems, unit operations, the metal cycle and sampling and statistics.
Specialized topics like mineral economics, geostatistics, extractive metallurgy, recycling,
flow sheets and mass balances are covered as well as modeling and simulation of mining
and process control. A number of case studies are carried out covering the entire
resource cycle from mine planning, reactor/plant design to recycling product design. Also
a mining business plan is Included, as well as a module on Technology and Society.
The second year includes the main part of the thesis work and room is left for a number
of elective courses.
The course program puts great emphasis on all technical, design and economical aspects
of the total Resource cycle. Parts of the first year consist of the TU Delft modules of the
European Mining Course (EMC) and European Minerals Engineering Course (EMEC).
During these 5 months students will be joined by EMC and EMEC students, who originate
from various countries inside and outside Europe.
MSc Courses and Module Descriptions
For further information on course content contact prof.dr. M.A. Reuter, tel (015) 27
82903 or [email protected]
MSc Courses and Module Descriptions
9. Description of the courses
9.1 MSc courses Applied Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering,
Reservoir Geology and Engineering Geology
ap3061 G Advanced wave propagation
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ir. A. Gisolf , AP, (room D 216)
Credit points: 4
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Prof. Dr. H.P. Urbach (room E 020), email: [email protected]
'Waves', TN2343, 2nd year
Course material
Elmore & Heald, Physics of Waves, Dover 0-486-64926-1, Chs. 3, 4.7, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Introduction to elasticity theory; acoustic waves in fluids; elastic waves in solids;
electromagnetic waves; wave propagation in inhomogeneous media; Fraunhofer diffraction;
Fresnel diffraction.
Insight in the physics of wave propagation, with emphasis on the similarities in the treatment of
the various wave phenomena.
Oral examination
ap3531 (was: tn3233tu) Acoustic Imaging
Lecturer: C.P.A. Wapenaar, room 222, tel 82848
Credit points: 4
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: D.J. Verschuur, tst 82403
Having passed the exam tn3213 (Introduction to Acoustics)
Course material
Books 'Seismic Migration' (A.J. Berkhout, Elsevier) and 'Elastic Wave Field Extrapolation'
(Wapenaar, Berkhout; Elsevier)
Lecture notes will be provided during the course
This course deals with both the theoretical and practical aspects of acoustic and seismic
imaging. Topics discussed are:
1. Wavefield decomposition (acoustic and elastic)
Course descriptions
2. Inverse wavefield extrapolation (acoustic and elastic)
3. Imaging principle
4. Acoustic and elastic Kirchhoff integrals
5. Applications in seismic exploration, medical imaging and non-destructive testing of
construction materials
Understanding of elastodynamic imaging techniques with applications in seismics, medical
diagnostics and non-destructive testing of construction materials.
The course consists of 13 lectures of 2 hours each. The other hours are used for self-study and
preparation for the exam.
For oral tentamination contact Wapenaar (82848) or Verschuur (82403)
ct4350 Numerical Geomechanics
Lecturer: F. Molenkamp
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 3
Course material
Lecture notes by A. Verruijt on Numerical Geomechanics;
Course book by I.M. Smith, D.V. Griffiths, "Programming the fnite element method", 3rd edition,
John Wiley& Sons (1998), ISBN: 0-471-96543-X
Introduction of programming in Fortran90.
Formulation and programming in Fortran90 by means of Finite Elements of the following 4
 Foundations on eleastic beddilng. The distributions of the settlement of the foundation and
the bending and shear forces in the foundation are derived.
 Plane deformation and failure of elasto-plastic solid with Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion. The
plastic failure criterion is satisfied by means of a visco-plastic numerical iteration scheme.
The factor of safety is estimated on the basis of a series of analysis with reduced strentgth
 Ground water flow through embankment, involving both a free surface and a seepage
 Consolidation of eleastic layer with drainage at the upper surface. The accuracy of the
numerical solution is demonstrated, both by comparing to the analytical solution and by
considering numerical solutions with both spatial and temporal refinements.
Lectures and case study
Course descriptions
Written examinations (80%), 2 assignments (report) (20%)
ct4360 Material models for soil and rock
Lecturer: R.B.J. Brinkgreve, tel 83327, Geotechniek, room 0.11
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 3
Course material
Sitters C.W.M. (1996), Material Models for Soil and Rock
- Introduction to continuum theory
- Stress and deformation tensor
- Hooke's law
- Influence of pore pressures
- Simulation of standard tests
- Drained and undrained behaviour
- Hardening, softening, hysteresis, dilatancy
- Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion
- Parameter selection
- Non-linear (pseudo) elastic models
- Plasticity theory, yield function, plastic potential
- Mohr-Coulomb, Tresca, Drucker-Prager, Von Mises
- Advanced material models
- Cam-Clay, Soft-soil model, hardening soil model, creep model
- Application of the finite element method, PLAXIS
4 assignments must be completed; no written or oral exam
(teaching language: Dutch?)
ct4420 Introduction Geohydrology
Credit points: 3
Lecturers: Ir. R.H. Boekelman, CT, room 4.90,ext. 84901
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: C. van den Akker, room 4.79, ext. 85080, C. Maas, dr. R.J.
Hydrology (ct3010), Groundwater mechanics (ct 3320))
Course material
Lecture notes
Geological fundamentals. Presence and behaviour of groundwater. Effects of density differences,
Course descriptions
salinization of groundwater. Transport by and in groundwater. Causes and effects of changes in
hydraulic head, effects of groundwater recovery and/or (artificial) infiltration. Traveltimes.
Quality aspects of groundwater and infiltration water (processes and parameters). Control and
exploitation of groundwater and legislation.
This course is designed to provide insight in the occurrence and behaviour of groundwater,
which processes are involved and how natural groundwater systems can be schematized.
Students are expected to acquire sufficient knowledge to be able to solve a geohydrological
problem and indicate what side effects a certain operation can cause in a geohydrological
Lecture, discussion, exercise and practical
Written examination, open questions
in3002ta Programming in Fortran 90
Lecturer: Drs. P.R. van Nieuwenhuizen, mkw-4, room HB12.290, tel 88036
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Course material
'Introduction to Fortran 90/95' by S.J. Chapman, 1998, McGraw-Hill (or 'Programming in Fortran
90' by J.S. Morgan and J.L.Schonfelder, 1993; Alfred Waller);
course examples; manual for the practical assignments.
Analysis of a problem for which a computer program must be written and design of a solution.
Splitting up a problem into subproblems. Implementation of a solution in Fortran 90 with
functions and subroutines. Of the following parts of the language, the syntax and semantics will
be discussed: standard data types, variables and constants, control constructs (IF-, DO- and
SELECT CASE-constructs), arrays and array sections, functions and subroutines, standard
functions, modules, list directed I/O and formatted I/O. Practical: The practical consists of 5
programming exercises in which the language concepts as discussed in the lectures must be
used. A design in (pseudo)code and an implementation in Fortran 90 must be made.
Obtaining the skills of analysing a simple problem statement, designing a solution and
implementing the solution in the programming language Fortran 90. Impart insight in the
concepts of the Fortran 90 language.
Course descriptions
The course is scheduled in the last five weeks of the first quarter. During these weeks there are
four hours of lectures per week. For having the lessons and studying the book and the course
examples 40 hours are needed. The programming exercises are scheduled on 7 mornings or
afternoons (and additionally 3 for possible time shortage). The extent of the practical is 40
hours. Besides at scheduled times, the computer labs are also open at other times during daytime, but there is no assistance at non scheduled times.
In order to participate in the practical, announcement at the practical administration of the
faculty Information Technology and Systems (at Zuidplantsoen 4) is needed. Students need to
spend about 16 hours per week on this course.
Computer exam (implementing some small programming problems)
In the manual for the practical a time schedule is included for finishing the programming
exercises. During each course theory is handled which is necessary for finishing the next
programming exercise.
At the end of the course a 4 hour programming examination using a computer is done. The
course is passed if all programming exercises are finished and the grade for the examination is
at least 6.
ta3410 Properties of Hydrocarbons & Oilfield Fluids,
incl. Lab. Experiments
Lecturer: Dr. Pacelli L.J. Zitha, room DL130, tel 88437
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Practical support: G.M. Sigon, room DL124c, ext. 86030
Knowledge of basic petroleum engineering, classical thermodynamics and calculus.
Course material
Lecture notes by P.L.J. Zitha and textbooks
Physical, chemical properties of hydrocarbons (oil, gas, condensate) and other petroleum fluids
(drilling fluids, emulsions, polymer and gels, foams, etc.); classification of hydrocarbon systems
encountered in oilfield operations; elementary volumetric and phase behaviour; fluid flow and
thermodynamics; z-factors, P-T diagrams, prototype reservoir and production engineering
calculations. Rheology of complex oilfield fluids; drilling fluids, emulsions polymers and gels,
foams; basic rheology concepts; rheological models and applications
Provide the students with knowledge on the most important physical chemical properties of
hydrocarbons and other oilfield fluids to allow them to perform reservoir and production
engineering calculations.
Course descriptions
7 x 2 hours lectures, 6 x 2 hours exercises, 1 x 6 hours practical work (2 weeks block)
Examination: Individual assignments and final examination.
ta3420 Rock-Fluid Interaction: From pore to core,
incl. Lab.experiments
Lecturer: Dr. J. Bruining, room 212, tel 86032
Credit points: 5
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Drs. K-H.A.A. Wolf, room 334, tel 68029
Practical support: G.M. Sigon, room DL124c, ext. 86030 (co-ordinator practicum), R. Ephraïm, J.
Voncken and AIO’s under the general supervision of the lecturers
ta3000, tn4780tu, wi2273ta, image analysis introduction
Course material
Lecture notes, papers, 'Dynamics of Fluids in Porous Media' by J. Bear, Dake, L.P.,
"Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering", Elsevier (1978), , and information provided with Email.
Block 1 (J. Bruining): (3 credit points, 4 ECTS)
single phase flow steady state;
Darcy’s law revisited; Flow calculations in the pressure and stream function formulation skin
factors (mechanical, partially penetrating well, horizontal well, fractured well, non-Darcy flow),
"simple" upscaling
single phase compressible flow
transient pressure equation, diffusivity equation, Stehfest algorithm and Laplace inversion,
normalised pseudo pressures, superposition / convolution, build-up, flowperiods, derivatives,
afterflow, variable rate, deconvolution, semi-steady-state
Contaminant transport
dispersion - heterogeneities, Single-phase miscible displacement (dispersion), Measures of
heterogeneity, Relation of dispersion to reservoir heterogeneity
Block 2 (Wolf and Bruining): (2 credit points, 3 ECTS)
Introduction to geometry of grains and pores; Texture and structure prediction
The use of image information to estimate 2D- porosity, permeability and capillarity
Constitutive relations
Residual oil and connate water; capillary pressure, pore scale trapping mechanisms, relative
Percolation models for capillary pressure, Percolation models for relative permeability
Multi-phase flow - macroscopic models
Two phase flow equations and the vertical equilibrium assumption, Two phase flow equations;
Buckley Leverett and flow of tracers in two phases, Two phase flow the interface model of Dietz,
Models with a finite capillary transition zone
Course descriptions
Capillary trapping in heterogeneous media, Spreading of spilled non-aqueous phase liquids in the
under-saturated zone, Spreading of spilled non-aqueous phase liquids in the subsoil
The main purpose is to understand the fluid rock interaction involved in transport through
porous media. The student learns the characterisation and quantification of pore morphology
and textures related to transport in porous media. The student also learns to formulate the
relevant transport problems and learns to solve simple 1-D and 2-D problems with a computer
programme of his choice e.g. Excel or Matlab. The course forms the basis for the applied courses
in the fourth year.
The course consists of 14 lectures of 3 hours and 20 half days of practical work. The exercises
include 3 half days on image analysis, 3 half days laboratory work and 14 half days of computer
Homework assignments in combination with an oral exam about the assignments.
Examination is by homework assigments, that must be accomplished not later than one month
after finishing the course. The marking is primarily based on an oral examination in which the
homework assignments are discussed. The homework assigments must be marked as sufficient
at least. Every student must make his own homework assignments, but programming work may
be accomplished in teams of two persons or exceptionally three persons. The laboratory work
and the image analysis will be separately marked.
ta3430 Drilling and Production Engineering,
incl. Lab. Experiments
Lecturer: Prof.dr. P.K. Currie, kmr. 216, tst. 86033
Credit points: 3
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Invited Lecturer from Industry
Practical support: G.M.Sigon, Dietz Laboratory, room 124c, tel. 86030
Course material
Lecture notes
This course discusses the design, construction and operation of the wells and surface facilities
through which oil and gas is produced. The emphasis is on practical and operational aspects,
especially safety, during drilling and production. Guest lecturers from the industry give some of
the lectures. Laboratory experiments on drilling fluids form part of the course, together with the
writing of a report on these experiments. A one day visit is made to a drilling rig and other
facilities. Computer simulators are used to explain and design drilling operations, well
completions and surface facilities, including a one-day exercise with a realistic well-control
1. Understanding of methods of construction of wells and surface facilities, and safety issues.
Course descriptions
2. Theoretical prediction of the most important factors in the design of wells and surface
Lectures, exercises, computer simulations, laboratory experiments and site visits.
'Open-book' examinations, exercises and written reports
ta3460 Fundamentals of Borehole Logging, incl. Lab. Experiments
Credit points: 2.5
Lecturer: D.M.J. Smeulders, kmr 330, tst 87599
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Dr. C.J. de Pater, kmr 226, tst 85104
Practical support: G.M. Sigon, room DL124c, ext. 86030
Course material
Lecture notes
Acoustic and nuclear measurements in cased boreholes to determine petrophysical parameters.
Determination of saturation after some production. Nuclear measurements with fast neutrons
and the physical background of these methods. Measurements to determine the condition of the
well in order to locate mechanical flaws. Discussion of production logs used to determine the
flow of oil, gas and water in the well.
This course is designed to teach the student how to evaluate cased hole logs.
Participation in the practical is compulsory to complete this course.
ta3610-02 Geologic interpretation of seismic data,
incl. Practical
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Drs. C. Höcker (Shell Int.), ME007K, Volmerlaan 6, 2288 GD Rijswijk, tel. 070-3112960,
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Dr.Ir. G.G. Drijkoningen, room 2.24b, tel 87846
tn4560tu and ta3630; ta2930
Course material
Lecture notes, handouts,
Course descriptions
The course intends to introduce seismic interpretation techniques, with specific reference to
workflows and techniques in subsurface modelling as applied in the oil-industry. Knowledge of
the seismic method, including acquisition and processing techniques is assumed to be present
and will only be refreshed briefly. Techniques will be presented along the lines of a generic
seismic interpretation workflow, starting with understanding the information of the seismic signal
and calibrating the seismic data to wells, followed by interpretive processing techniques to cleanup seismic data and highlight specific features. Best-practice techniques for event identification,
fault/horizon interpretation and velocity modelling for depth conversion will be discussed and
rehearsed in the practical exercises. Participants will be made aware of techniques for the
prediction of reservoir quality and hydrocarbon fill, covering geological techniques such as
seismic stratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy, as well as geophysical techniques such as
seismic modelling, seismic interversion and time-lapse seismic for reservoir monitoring.
- To provide an understanding of the nature of seismic information in the context of an
integrated and multidisciplinary working environment as in the oil- and gas exploration- and
production industry.
- Being able to use seismic information for geological and/or exploration/production goals.
Block of lectures and practicals: Lectures and practical exercises are given interchangeably
during two weeks.
The exam will be taken twice a year. The students understanding of all practical aspects of
seismic interpretation is tested as well as the overview of the different types of interpretation
tools, and their role in the whole sequence of data processing, reservoir exploration, exploitation
and management.
Attendance at the lectures and practicals is compulsory. Students are not allowed to participate
in the exam if more than a single practical session is missed.
ta3710-00 Discontinuous rock mechanics
Lecturer: Dr. H.R.G.K. Hack (ITC), room 110, tel 89671
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 2
Course material
Book 'Introduction to rock mechanics', Goodman (except chapters about slope stability). Diktaat
'Discont-nuous rock mechanics', various hand-outs.
Intact rock versus rock mass. Characterisation and properties of discontinuities in rock.
Characterisation and properties of discontinuous rock masses. Mechanical and physical behaviour
of discontinuous rock masses. Weathering of discontinuous rock masses. Characterisation and
properties of weathered rock masses. Mechanics of weak rock(s) (masses) and cemented soils.
Principles of flow through discontinuities and discontinuous rock masses. Methods and influence
of excavation methods. Influence of blasting and other vibrations. Influence of stress and stress
changes. Classification of discontinuous rock masses. Possibilities for analytical and numerical
Course descriptions
modelling of discontinuous rock masses. Large and small scale testing and monitoring of
discontinuities and discontinuous rock masses. Principles of tunnel and dam design. Interaction
between discontinuous rock masses and engineering structures, such as tunnels, dams and
foundations. Case histories.
Complete understanding of the mechanical and physical behaviour of discontinuous rock masses
and the interaction between civil engineering structures and discontinuous rock masses. The
student should be able to design tunnels in discontinuous rock masses, and dams and
foundations on discontinuous rock masses.
Four hours per week. The subject is given in English; 2/3 of the hours are in the form of a
lecture (hoorcollege), 1/3 of the hours are given interactively (werk/discussie-college) and
consider the case histories.
ta3730/3731/3732 Site Investigation I
Credit points: 3
Lecturer: D.J.M.Ngan-Tillard, room 112 (TA) tel 86823 / room 0.05 (CT) tel 83325
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: L. Gareau, MSc, room 118, tel 88969
Practical support: Ing. W. Verwaal, room 109, tel 81326, A. Mulder, room 109, tel 87757,
J. Mollé, student assistant
Good knowledge of geology (as given in the first three years at TA) and the necessary skills to
interpret geology maps and geological information
Course material
- Lecture notes ta3730 (D.G. Price 1991);
- Blyth, F.G.H. & M.H. de Freitas (1984). 'A geology for engineers'. Edward Arnold, London. ISBN
0 7131 2882 8. Classical book, contents overlap the course subjects;
- Manual rock and soil tests (available on blackboard site for ta3730);
- Hand-outs.
This course deals with the set up and execution of site investigations for civil engineering
projects, with an emphasis on geological factors that can be of influence on the realisation of the
projects. Attention will be paid to basic techniques to collect geotechnical data and to the
problems that some specific soil and rock types can give. In the accompanying laboratory
practical, a number of important soil and rock tests are carried out. The 'games' are a series of
realistic exercises in which site investigations are simulated.
Course descriptions
This course forms the basis for the education of engineering geologists. The basic knowledge is
summarised in the book of Blyth & De Freitas. Every engineering geology student must have this
knowledge ready. The goal of this course is to develop the ability to analyse engineering
geological situations and problems and design the site investigation accordingly.
A combination of lectures, readings and practicals (lab work, site investigation exercises and
games) is proposed. A schedule concerning subjects, dates, places and lecturers is handed out
at the beginning of the course. In the written examination, the knowledge of different site
investigation techniques (type of apparatus, how it works, what it does, which its limitations are)
as well as the aptitude to analyse a problem in a way similar to that of the games are assessed.
Written examination, performance at ‘games’, individual assignment
ta3740-00 Engineering Geological Mapping
( part 1 - conventional methods, part 2 - computer methods).
Credit points: 4.5
Lecturer: Ir. S. Slob (ITC), room 110, tel 89673
e-mail: [email protected]
Conventional methods - Construction of geological maps and stereographic projection methods.
Computer methods - ta3741a should have been followed and the lectures of ta3740 part 1. The
student should already have a proper understanding of mapping in general and have basic
knowledge about the use of computers.
Course material
Lecture notes ta3740,
Topics discussed during lectures
Conventional methods - covers basic principles and practical examples of the construction of
engineering geological maps. Topics covered are: Principles of thematic mapping, engineering
geological mapping, hazard zonation mapping, principles of aerial photograp-hy and other
remote sensing techniques.
Computer methods - covers the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Enginee-ring
Geology; Why use GIS? When use GIS? It covers geographic projection methods, map storage
(vector/raster types), digital terrain models (DTM), the design of proper databases to be used
within a GIS (normalization), methods of modeling in GIS, analysis of initial errors and progression of errors during GIS analysis. Finally, some cartographic rules are taught to be able to
present the information acquired in a map using computer assisted methods.
Conventional methods - The student must learn how to make a proper engineering geological
interpretation from information in available thematic maps, how to collect the necessary
geotechnical data/information from available aerospace imagery and fieldwork, prepare an
engineering geological map using this information.
Course descriptions
Computer methods - The student must learn to decide whether using GIS is advantageous for
the solution of an engineering geological problem, how to develop and execute a GIS supported
method and how to use proper methods of computer-assisted visualisation of the information in
maps for specific use(rs).
Conventional methods: The four lectures are given in the first and second period and after each
lecture the student is expected to prepare the following lectures in the weeks that no lectures
are given. The lectures will be a dialogue between lecturer and students discussing the studied
material of the lecture notes.
Computer methods: The four lectures are given in the second period and organized in a similar
way as for the conventional methods.
There will be a single open book exam (after the practicals are finished) for both parts of this
course. Students are expected to understand and be able to apply the material covered in the
lecture notes, rather than being able to simply list the facts. The questions will reflect on the use
of the knowledge obtained in simulated engineering practice.
Material to be studied are the lecture notes, hand-outs and additional information given during
the lectures. Completion of the practical before the exam is recommended as it will support the
understanding of the contents of the lectures.
ta3741/3742 Engineering Geological Mapping Practicals
(Conventional Methods (parts b,c) and Computer Methods
(parts a,d))
Credit points: 0
Lecturer: Ir. R. Soeters (ITC)
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: E.C. Slob, tst. 88732
Course material
Lecture notes ta3741,
Hand-outs & topics discussed during practical
Conventional methods - The subjects of part b and c are the techniques of geological [b] and
engineering geological [c] interpretation of aerial photography and other remote sensing
imagery. The student will learn to outline different geotechnical units (homogene-ous zones)
based on properties related to rock mass strength and soil genesis.
Computer methods - Parts a and d will give an introduction into using the GIS ILWIS [a] and will
practice solving an engineering geological problem using this GIS [d]. The student will execute
the most used operations in GIS and obtain experience in the transformation of data into
engineering geological information. The interpretation results of part b of ta/ta3741 are used as
partial input for this exercise.
Conventional methods - students must learn how to use aerial photography and other remote
Course descriptions
sensing imagery for the collection of geological and geotechnical information on the terrain to be
mapped and subdivide the terrain into homogeneous zones in this respect. Computer methods by going through the process of using GIS to solve an engineering geological problem, the
student should learn to estimate the efficiency of GIS for different problems and be able to apply
the concept of GIS in future projects.
Conventional methods - the practicals will be given in 7 afternoons for part b and 11 afternoons
for part c. The practicals should be followed in this order as well. Computer methods - the
practicals consist of two blocks. The sequence of practicals will be such that part a can and has
to be followed before part d, to be able to understand the use of ILWIS. Part b of the
conventional methods practical has to be followed before part d as the result of this practical is
used in part d.
For both the conventional [b,c] and the computer [d] mapping practical the students have to
submit their work after completion. For part d this also means writing a small report reflecting
the process of problem solving. The results contribute to the mark of course ta3740.
ta3950 Process Simulations in Geology (Elective)
Lecturer: Dr. G.J. Weltje, kmr 253, tst 85722
Credit points: 1
e-mail: [email protected]
Knowledge of sedimentology (ta1910, ta1930, ta 2910, and ta3910) and fluid flow in porous
media (ta3420)
Course material
handouts during the practical
This course is a computer-oriented practical in which heterogeneous reservoirs are simulated by
application of basic geological processes, such as erosion, transport and deposition of sediments.
As an example, a simple 2-D simulation model of a coastal barrier environment is used. This
model predicts the geometry and internal structure of barrier sequences formed under specific
scenarios (combinations of geological input variables). Input variables include: topography
(initial coastal gradient, basin subsidence, fault activity), sea level fluctuations, rate of sediment
input (amount and grain-size distribution), and hydrodynamic conditions (wave energy, storm
wave-base depth). Students can modify each of these variables to simulate barrier-type
reservoirs and thereby gain insight into the most important controls on reservoir architecture.
The final part of the practical consists of an exercise in which the modelled sequences need to
be conditioned to three wells. The best-fitting model is used as input for a 2-D black oil reservoir
simulator. In this way the effects of the variability in reservoir architecture on fluid flow will be
demonstrated. The ultimate goal of the course is to demonstrate the influence of geological
processes on the production characteristics of hydrocarbon reservoirs.
The course aims to demonstrate the influence of geological processes on the production
characteristics of hydrocarbon reservoirs.
Course descriptions
The course consists of 5 half days of lectures and practical work.
Day 1: Introduction, background information, initial model
Day 2: Sensitivity analyses (getting to grips with the program)
Day 3: Exercises: conditioning to wells
Day 4: Flow simulations
Day 5: Reporting
A short essay must be written during the course.
ta4001 Convergence Courses
Lecturer: van den Broek, room 205, tel 86065
Credit points: 6
e-mail: [email protected]
For MSc-Students Petroleum Engineering this course consists of the following parts:
ta2910, Sedimentology: (DUT 1) lecturer: dr. M.E. Donselaar.
The course Sedimentology I is an introduction to sedimentology. The various sedimentary
environments are analyzed. Sedimentary processes in various sedimentary environments are
discussed. The resulting sedimentary facies characteristics are discussed, with special
emphasis on:
- The preservation possibilities of sedimentary facies;
- The internal structures and heterogeneities of sedimentary bodies;
- The external shape of sedimentary bodies;
- The architecture of sedimentary bodies in the basin fill;
- Subsurface (well log) expression of the preserved sediments
ta3450, Petroleum Geology: (DUT 2) Lecturer: prof.dr. S.M. Luthi.
This course gives an overview of the conditions that are necessary for oil and gas to
accumulate in reservoirs. This is first illustrated in concepts and then in a few relevant case
studies. The life of a reservoir is discussed from initial basin studies to exploration, appraisal
development and finally abandonment. The task of the petroleum geologist during these
various phases is illustrated, as well as his interaction with other disciplines such as reservoir
engineering, geophysics, and petrophysics. Material on hand includes among others cores,
logs and seismic lines.
General Geology (DUT 1), lecturers: prof.dr.S.B. Kroonenberg and drs. J.C. Blom
Geological excursion (4 days) in the Ardennen, Belgium (DUT 1), coordinator drs. J.C. Blom
ta3630, Introduction seismics (DUT 1), lecturer: G.G. Drijkoningen
Course descriptions
ta4011 Practical training/Research internship
Lecturer: Differs per specialisation
Credit points: 8
ECTS: 11
e-mail: [email protected]
The research internship at a company or research institute of 10 weeks will be arranged in
consultation with the appropriate coordinator:
for Petroleum Engineering: J.D.Jansen, room 212, tel.ext. 7838
for Applied Geophysics:prof.
dr. ir. C.P.A. Wapenaar, room 224b, tel.ext. 2848;
for Raw Materials Technology:
ir. J.J. de Ruiter, room 231, tel.ext. 5001;
for Engineering Geology:
P.M. Maurenbrecher M.Sc., room 112, tel.ext. 5192.
Students may make individual arrangements for a research internship subject to approval of
their coordinator.
The student has to do a project in which he can use his knowledge obtained in the years before.
Goal is to work independently and understand the culture of a company and the way a company
or research institute is organized.
There are two options:
1) The student informs the coordinator that he is looking for an internship, 6 months before he
wants to start. The coordinator will help the student to find an appropriate trainee post. The
coordinator informs an professor about the trainee post in case the professor will coach and
assess the student during the internship.
2)The student has found a trainee post himself. The coordinator judges the project and
company the student wants to work and gives the student permission to fulfil his internship.
Togehter with the company the coordinator will make a contract for the trainee period.
After 4 to 6 weeks the student has to send an progress report (maximum 2 pages) to his
professor and the coordinator. Afterwards an evaluation form has to be filled in. This form
together with the report of the internship will become available for other students so they can
orientate for future internships.
Assessment by the professor and coordinator of the section. Both report and presentation will be
In case the report contains confidential information the report and presentation will be limited to
a general description of the project that has been done.
Course descriptions
ta4012 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering and NAM visit
(was ta3011)
Lecturer: Dr. Ir. J.D. Jansen, rm. 212, ext. 87838
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Prof. dr. P.K. Currie, rm. 216, ext. 86033
Practical support: G.M. Sigon, room DL124c, ext. 86030
Course material
An introduction to the “upstream” oil industry, with one week spent in Delft working on group
exercises and the second week spent in Assen at the NAM office. The first week introduces the
basic concepts of the oil production process and the second week gives insight into the
operation of a producing company, the philisophy of the company and the challenges faced by
- To obtain an overview of the key elements of the petroleum lifecycle
- To obtain awareness of the industrial practice of an oil- and gas company.
- To be confronted with the entrance level requirements for the MSc Petroleuem Engineering
Lectures and exercises (first week). Lectures and field visits (second week).
Signed-off exercises
The obligatory reports of this three week internship at the NAM will be assessed. For more
information about the organization contact the instructor.
ta4031 Field Development Project
Credit points: 6
Lecturer: C.P.J.W. van Kruijsdijk, r.213,tel .86038
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: prof.dr. P.K. Currie, prof.dr. S.M. Luthi, drs. K-H.A.A. Wolf, Student Assistant
ta3460, ta3480, ta3610, ta4430
Course material
Hand-outs and lecture notes of previous mentioned TA-courses
Course descriptions
On the basis of real field data, the whole field development process will be passed through from
appraisal to full field development. All specific knowledge (geophysics, petrophysics, geology,
reservoir technology, drilling and production technology) will be used to set up and execute a
field development program using seismic, petrophysical and reservoir technological data. Next, a
field development plan will be designed and presented to a management panel.
- The application of acquired knowledge on a realistic field study.
- Gaining an overview of the interaction between the specialist disciplines in petroleum
- To learn to deal with inaccuracy and uncertainty.
- Working in a multidisciplinary team
Assessment will be through a group assignment, a report and presentation. This project takes 6
consecutive weeks.
ta4051 Company visits
Lecturer: prof.dr. P.K. Currie, room 215, tel 86033
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: G.M. Sigon, room DL124c, ext. 86030 (organisation)
Credit points: 1
Short visits to companies involved in the oil and gas industry: producing companies and
companies providing equipment and expertise.
Orientation on the industrial practice within the field of petroleum engineering.
Assessment will be based on demonstrated personal interest and participation, a written report
can be a requirement.
ta4130-03 Engineering properties of soils and rocks
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: D.J.M. Ngan-Tillard, room 112 (TA), tel 86843 / room 0.05 (CT), tel 83325
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: P.M. Maurenbrecher, MSc, room 112, tel 85192, L. Gareau, MSc, room 118, tel
Good geological knowledge as given in the BSc program of TUD Applied Earth Sciences
Department and contents of ta3100 Site investigation I and of ct4360 Material modelling for soils
and rocks
Course material
Compilation of journal papers available on blackboard site for ta4130
Course descriptions
This course gives an overview of the engineering properties of the major types of soils and
rocks. Properties of coarse granular materials (gravels and sands), fine grained materials (silt,
soft and stiff clays), organic soils, soils formed under extreme climatic environments (glacial,
tropical and (semi-arid) soils), problematic rocks (evaporites, clayey rocks,…) are reviewed and
their engineering performances are discussed. Advanced and less advanced models developed
to represent their behaviour are refered to and their limitations to apply to less common nontext-book materials are pointed out. The micromechanisms taking place under mechanical
loading are presented as a key issue to better grasp the stress-strain response of geomaterials.
The way their source materials, the agents responsible for their formation and the climatic
conditions in which they were formed, govern their mineralogy and fabric and, thus their
behaviour, is highlighted.
This new course addresses the following issues:
- how the engineering properties of soils and rocks vary according to the geological conditions
governing their deposition and their subsequent stress history
- how the behaviour of some geomaterials deviate from that of text book soils and rocks
- what is the matrix relating type of engineering properties to engineering applications
Several lecturers are involved in this new course and share with the students the expertise they
have acquired from their work and/or research experience on different types of soil and rock
deposits. Students are given individual assignments on problematic rocks and asked to present
the findings of their search during interactive lectures.
Written examination and individual assignment
ta4331 Practical Extractive Metallurgy III (EMEC)
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: prof.dr. M.A. Reuter, kmr 141, tst 82903
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: dr. A. van Sandwijk, kmr 149, tst 86044, e-mail [email protected]
Practical support: J.A.M van den Berg, kmr 133, tst 82531
Course material
Pratical manual ta433198 Extractieve Metallurgie III
A series of hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical experiments such as the electrowinning of
zinc, solvent extraction part I batch experiments, sol-vent extraction part II continuous countercurrent extraction with mixer-settlers, the reduction of a cassiterite concentrate and the slagmetal equilibrium in tin smelting, aspects of hydrometallurgical process control using the
redoxpotential and the pH value, kinetics of copper precipitation with iron in sulphate solutions
8 afternoons.
Course descriptions
One written test of 3 hours and writing some reports. The mark for the test will weigh heigher
then the marks for the reports in the final examination mark.
ta4430-00/4431 Applied Reservoir Engineering and Simulation
Lecturer: C.P.J.W. van Kruijsdijk, r.213, tel 86038
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Talal Esmaiel MSc., room 202 tel 82008
Credit points: 3
Partial differential equations, Rock and Fluid Interaction
Course material
Lecture notes, papers and information provided on Blackboard.
Recommended: Mattax & Dalton, SPE Monograph Volume 13
Material Balance,Determination of Oil Water contact; Well testing, Productivity Index;
Waterflooding; EOR; Reservoir Simulation; Black Oil Model; Numerical Control; Well Models;
To develop the reservoir engineering toolkit that is required to understand the operation of a
petroleum reservoir
Lectures, homework exercises and computer exercises
Based on exercises and an oral examination
ta4480 Solution mining (Elective)
Lecturer: W.M.G.T. van den Broek, kmr 205, tst 86065
Credit points: 1
e-mail: [email protected]
Course material
Lecture notes ta4480 'Solution Mining'
Some conference papers on use of solution caverns.
Solution mining is a special technique for mining salt in the sense that the (dissolved) salt is
produced via boreholes, which are normally used for production of oil or gas. In the Netherlands
solution mining is practised in Twente and Groningen (rock salt; Akzo Nobel), in Harlingen (rock
salt; Frima) and in Veendam (magnesium salt; NedMag Industries). In the first part of the
course the solution mining process is treated, with as most important subjects: transport
phenomena during leaching, use of a protective oil blanket, tubing system, cavern volume and
Course descriptions
shape, phase equilibrium aspects, temperature effects, and recovery percentage. In the second
part of the course attention is given to specific uses of caverns, viz.: storage of oil or of natural
gas, storage of compressed air, storage of potential energy, and disposal of solid toxic waste
products. Finally calculations are treated on, among other subjects: cavern volume, recovery
percentage, and heat exchange between cavern contents and surrounding formation.
- Acquiring knowledge on solution mining and use of caverns.
- Gaining insight in relevant physical processes (diffusion, free convection, heat effects).
- Being able to carry out calculations connected to solution mining or applications thereof.
Course in the form of an assignment
Study of conference papers on solution mining
Writing of reviews of papers/articles
ta4490-01 Production Optimisation
Lecturer: J.D. Jansen, kmr. 212, tst. 87838
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Practical support: T.E.H. Esmaiel MSc, kmr. 202, tst. 87834
ta 3410 Properties of hydrocarbons and oilfield fluids
ta 3430 Drilling and production engineering
Basic skills in MATLAB programming
Course material
Printed lecture notes.
Optimisation of the production from oil and gas wells. Topics include: Optimisation objectives
and constraints, systems analysis, properties of reservoir fluids, wellbore flow, inflow
performance, oil well productivity, and one or two of the following: gas well productivity, gas-lift
optimisation, pipeline network analysis, smart wells. Six afternoons of computer practical form
an obligatory part of the course. Topics covered include MATLAB exercises on multiphase flow in
wells, and oil and gas wellbore flow optimisation. One afternoon will be spent on the generation
of 'lift tables' as preparation for ta4031 'Field Development Project'.
- Obtain awareness of traditional and emerging applications of optimisation techniques in oil
and gas production.
- Deepen knowledge of multiphase flow models for well bore flow.
- Deepen knowledge of hydrocarbon phase behaviour in wells and facilities.
- Deepen knowledge of near-well reservoir flow.
- Obtain skills in applying cash flow analysis to optimisation problems.
- Obtain skills in applying nodal analysis techniques to optimise wellbore flow.
- Obtain skills in selected optimisation topics (gas lift, pipeline networks).
Course descriptions
Obtain skills in the analysis of simple physical systems with the aid of MATLAB.
Lectures and computer practicals
Written exam and signed-off MATLAB exercises
ta4500 Geothermics (Elective)
Lecturer: C.P.J.W. van Kruijsdijk, r.213, ext.86038
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Drs. K-H.A.A. Wolf, room 334, ext. 86029
Credit points: 1
A general background in geology, flow through porous media and physics is required.
Course material
Lecture notes mp4500 'Geothermie'
The lecture hand notes will be also distributed in the classes
The course covers the following subjects: current state of the geothermal energy development
worldwide; sources and renewability of the geothermal energy; geology of the geothermal
reservoirs; physics of the heat transfer in the rock; the geothermal energy production
technologies; geothermal reservoir management and permeability enhancement methods.
During the course the students are familiarized with the environmental, social and technological
issues of the geothermal energy exploitation; effect of physical chemical factors on the
geothermal reservoir permeability; modern techniques of clay particle transport investigation. An
application of the GIS and Remote Sensing methods for management and environmental
monitoring of the geothermal and oil field development is introduced to the student as a
supplementary topic.
The course consists of 4 lectures and 3 seminars (one class per week).
At the end of the course the students are invited to review an article concerning the topics
studied within the course and to make a presentation followed by a discussion.
Course descriptions
ta4520/tg202 Petrophysics, special subjects (Elective)
(Recent advances in wireline log interpretarion and core
Credit points: 1.5
Lecturer: D.M.J. Smeulders, room 330, tel 82310
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Dr. C.J. de Pater, room 226, tel 85104
Course material
The course reviews the most recent advances in acoustic logging, hydraulic fracturing, and
image analysis, with the emphasis on mathematical and physical principles.
The course will be given to both PhD students and MSc students in petroleum engineering and
applied geophysics.
Evaluation of open and cased hole logs. Application of physical principles for the understanding
and use of borehole logging techniques.
Presentation and discussion of recent scientific publications.
Block-course organisation, i.e., within one week.
ta4530 Advanced Petrophysics
Lecturer: dr. C.J. de Pater, room 226, tel 85104
Credit points: 2.5
e-mail: [email protected]
The course reviews advanced wireline logging techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance,
full wave form acoustic, and pulsed neutron activation logging, followed by advanced log
interpretation methods like shaley sand and probabilistic evaluations. Acoustic wave propagation
in sedimentary rocks is discussed in some detail and forms the basis for presentations on vertical
seismic profiling, and acoustic tomography. Finally other techniques, such as borehole
gravimetry and cross-well EM, used to measure further away from the borehole are discussed.
The course shows the students the links between petrophysical and geophysical techniques,
which are used to construct a high resolution image of the subsurface, and makes them familiar
with advanced wireline logging methods for formation evaluation.
Course descriptions
written examination
ta4540 Exploration Geology
Lecturer: dr. G.J. Weltje, room 232 tel 85722
Credit points: 1
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Guest lecturer to be announced
BSc in Applied Earth Sciences or similar BSc with convergence course
Course material
The basic geological concepts required to predict the occurrence of hydrocarbons in sedimentary
basins are treated in this course, and a range of exploration tools are discussed. The origin and
evolution of sedimentary basins, and the sequence-stratigraphic analysis of sedimentary basin
fills form the backbone of this course. The exploration potential of basins will be discussed in
terms of a petroleum system, made up of a source rock, reservoir rock, seal rock, and
overburden rock, and comprising the processes of trap formation, and the generation, migration
and accumulation of hydrocarbons. Presentations of case histories conclude the course.
To gain an understanding of the geological factors that govern the accumulation of
hydrocarbons in sedimentary basins, and to identify exploration targets
lectures and student presentations
Presentation and witten/oral exam, depending on the number of students.
ta4550 Production Geology
Lecturer: Prof.dr. S.M. Luthi, kmr. 260, tst. 86019
Credit points: 3
e-mail: [email protected]
Courses in geology, geophysics, reservoir and production engineering; Exploration Geology.
Course material
Book: AAPG Development Geology Reference Manual. All presentations are on Blackboard.
Production geology includes those geological studies necessary between discovery and
abandonment of an oil or gas field. The course consists of a lecture and practicals. In the
Course descriptions
lecture, the essential working tools of the production geologist are discussed. These include:
geological interpretation of seismic lines, well log analysis, core data analysis, mapping,
zonation, well correlation, sequence stratigraphy, facies analysis and volumetric calculations.
These tools are used to obtain structural, sedimentary, diagenetic, and petrophysical models of
the reservoir. Emphasis is put on minimizing the error in the resulting model by making an
optimum use of the combination of all tools available to the production geologist. Newer
technologies such as nuclear magnetic resonance logging, logging-while-drilling, directional
drilling, and reservoir monitoring are also discussed in the course, and their contribution to
better geological models and more efficient field developments are illustrated. The practicals
focus on applying these methodologies to select realistic field examples.
This course illustrates the importance of proper data acquisition and analysis in order to develop
fields in an economically sound manner.
Petroleum engineers and geophysicists need to know how to make maps of reservoirs, and how
to assess the oil and gas reserves in a field. Furthermore they need to know how to estimate the
uncertainties in these estimates, and what methods can be used to reduce these uncertainties.
The course includes 14 hours of lectures and 7 afternoon practicals.
Written examination of 3 hours duration. Performance during practicals is taken into account for
the final grade.
ta4560 Reservoir characterization & Development
Lecturer: Prof.dr. S.M. Luthi, kmr. 260, tst. 86019
e-mail: [email protected]
Practical support: Tom Lefeber
Credit points: 2
Courses in geology, reservoir and production engineering; Exploration Geology and Production
Course material
Course notes. All lecture presentations are available on Blackboard.
Reservoir development is the follow-up course on production geology and prepares the student
for the field development study. It discusses how geological models are used to make field
development decisions: Where to drill development/infill wells; how to determine well
productivity; how to assess block connectivity in a field; where to complete a well; how to
determine cumulative probability estimates from the combination of geological uncertainties;
how to prepare data for input into reservoir simulation; and how to develop a field in an
economic viable way. The lecture includes one or two guest speakers from the oil industry.
Course descriptions
Petroleum engineers need to know how to develop a field in an economically sound way,
including proper data acquisition, interpretation and uncertainty assessment of relevant field
The course includes 14 hours of lectures and 7 afternoon practicals.
ta4570 Log Evaluation
Lecturer: dr. C.J. de Pater, kmr 226, tst 85104
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 1
ta3410, ta3420, ta3460
Course material
Course notes and literature delivered by the lecturer during the course
The student will learn how to interpret various types of borehole logs. The course consists of a
series of literature topics and related exercises to understand the methods and procedures which
are needed to calculate the contents of, among others, rock pores and the rock matrix.
After the course the student should master the use of a log evaluation program and understand
the quality of outcomes. This practical knowledge is required in the field development course
Lectures and (computer) exercises
For the time being a practical test at the entrance and a test at the end of the course.
The lecturer is thinking of a test at the beginning of the course. This is to be sure that at the
start the knowledge of ta2400 and ta3460 is satisfactory.
ta4580 Reservoir and Production Technology, special subjects (Elective)
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Dr. P.L.J. Zitha, room 130 DL, ext 88437
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: C.P.J.W. van Kruijsdijk, room 213, ext 86038
ta3420, ta3410, ta3430, ta4430-03
Course descriptions
Course material
Selected papers, distributed in college
This course considers specific aspects of the flow of hydrocarbons from the sandface to the
wellhead and other topics of ongoing research in petroleum engineering. Seven scientific/
technical articles are selected covering important topics which have had only partially been
covered in earlier courses. These articles are studied by the students and discussed during the
class. A short report or exercise is made by each student for each article. Topics which have
been covered in earlier years are horizontal well inflow, sand exclusion, oil-water characteristics,
hydraulic fracturing, separation.
- Learning how to independently study and analyse technical articles.
- More detailed understanding of important operational methods in drilling and production
- Broadening and deepening of Petroleum Engineering knowledge.
Independent study and discussion classes
The course grade is based on the quality of the reports written on each of the seven technical
articles that are studied, and also the input of each student into the discussion of these articles.
ta4590 System analysis (Elective)
Lecturer: J.D. Jansen, room 212, tel. 87838
Credit points: 1.5
e-mail: [email protected]
Basic knowledge of linear algebra and differential equations. Basic programming skills in Matlab
Course material
Lecture notes handed-out during course
Review of linear algebra and systems of first-order differential equations. Eigenvalue analysis.
Singular value decomposition. Model reduction. State space description of reservoir flow. Optimal
control of reservoir flow.
- Provide an introduction to the use of system analysis techniques in reservoir engineering
- Provide the basic knowledge required to perform MSc thesis work on “Smart Fields”.
Lectures and computer practicals with Matlab
Course descriptions
Written exam and/or signed-off exercises
ta4600 Data acquisition and processing of wavefield data
Lecturer: G.G. Drijkoningen, room 224b, tel 87846
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: E.C. Slob, room 217, tel 88732
Course material
Lecture notes
In this course the principles of data acquisition and processing of wavefield data will be taught.
This means that the physical principles of seismic and electromagnetic wavefields will be
discussed, and linked to the current practice.. Processing-related aspects of data acquisition will
be dealt with: \ survey design and 3-D aspects. In the course ta3630, which is a prerequisite for
this course, basic processing steps have been discussed; in this course more advanced topics will
be given: vector-wavefields, directivity, damping mechanisms, noise-suppression techniques,
pre-stack migration, amplitude-versus offset method, Vertical Seismic Profiles, etc..
This course includes separate practicals (ta4601), in which the topics above will play a role. .
ta4601 Fieldwork
Lecturer: C.G. Drijkoningen, room 224b, tel 87846
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: dr.E.C. Slob, room 217, tel 88732
Credit points: 4
Course material
Exercises are given at the practicals
This course is a practical, in which the acquired knowledge of ta4600 is put into practice.
Students have to acquire seismic and GPR-data in the field and process it on the computer. In
this way, students are faced with the problems of such a process and are forced to solve these
problems to the best of their ability. The course is a synthesis of the acquired knowledge in
wavefield data.
This course is a practical that consists of one/two weeks of field work (data acquisition) and
two/three weeks of computer practical. A report must be made of the results of the acquired
Course descriptions
ta4610 Electromagnetic exploration methods
Lecturer: E.C. Slob, room 217, tel 88732
Credit points: 3.5
e-mail: [email protected]
BSc. in Engineering Sciences
Course material
Lecture notes, matlab exercises
The geo-electrical and geo-electromagnetical exploration methods are uniformly described as a
two-port system. This description relates to the imposed electric potential and/or currents of the
source and the potential and/or currents measured by the receiver, directly to the
electromagnetic contrasts in the subsurface compared to a chosen background model. On the
basis of this description, practical measurement principles, of DC-resistivity, Induction tools and
ground-penetrating radar, and their accompanying data processing techniques are discussed.
This course gives an overview of the existing geo-electrical and geo-electromagnetic exploration
methods as used for the characterization of the shallow subsurface. After successfully
completing this course, the student will be able to determine which combination of different
methods will be most suitable for a specific application, and how to process the acquired data.
7 lectures are given of 4 hours each.
Written examination
ta4620 Geophysics, special subjects
Lecturer: C.P.A. Wapenaar, room 222, tel.82848
Credit points: 3
e-mail: [email protected]
Course material
Lecture notes (in preparation)
Progress in seismic data processing, imaging and inversion requires knowledge of the acoustic
wave theory. In this course we use Rayleigh's reciprocity theorem as central theme from which
we shape the processing of seismic data.
Course descriptions
- Provide the student with insight in the results of modern geophysical research as presented
in specialist literature.
- To prepare the student for the essence of the MSc. research project.
- Oral exam;
- Study and presentation of current topics in geophysics using articles from professional
ta4650 Shallow Depth Geophysical Investigation
Lecturer: D.J.M. Ngan-Tillard, room. 112 (TA), ext 86843 /
room 0.05 (Civil Eng), ext 83325
Credit points: 4
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Dr. G. Drijkoningen, room 224b, ext 87846, Dr. R. Ghose, room 364, ext 83627,
Dr. H.R.G.K Hack, ITC, E. Slob, room 217, ext 88732
Contents of ta3630 Introduction seismics are required before ta4650 can be taken.
Ta3630 is offered as a convergence MSc course.To be able to follow ta3630 and the subsequent
geophysics courses, the mathematics course tn4560tu “Systemen en signalen” (Fourier analysis)
should be taken.
Course material
ta4650 - Shallow Depth Geophysical Investigation lecture notes (theoretical part), articles
Course organized in modules:
Introduction by D. Ngan-Tillard and expert from the industry: Integration of geophysical studies
in site investigation to better characterize the shallow subsurface- 2 hours
Module I: Theoretical background of seismic techniques often used by engineering geologists
and environmental engineers as a black box by R. Ghose & G. Drijkoningen - 21 hours, included
3 practicals
- Theoretical recap on signal processing and Fourier transforms
- High resolution seismic for on shore shallow exploration
- Linking seismics to borehole seismic and geotechnical data
- Off shore shallow depth geophysics (Boomer, Chirp)
Module II: Electromagnetism (electrical resistivity, magnetism and GPR included) by E. Slob- 12
hours, included 2 practicals
- What can you do with these techniques?
- Conceptual theory related to survey design, resolution and sensitivity to electric parameters,
which relates to the sensibility of using geophysical techniques in different circumstances
- Demonstration of equipment (GPR, multiple electrodes resistivity, em31, em34,em43…)
Module III: Case studies by R.Hack- 24 hours
- advantages and limitations of geophysical surveys when determining the engineering
properties of ground, the existence of discontinuities, irregular boundaries and gradual
boundaries, extent of pollution…in specific ground or geological conditions in presence of manmade or environmental obstacles
- real examples of investigations for tunnels, dams, foundations, dredging projects and building
Course descriptions
materials integrating geophysics
Module IV: Field work by D.Ngan-Tillard- Site to be selected- 50 hours in total
- design of geophysical survey integrating geological and geotechnical data
- data acquisition, processing and interpretation
- reporting
Geophysics is rarely included in site investigation programs designed by Dutch engineering
geologists and/or civil engineers despite the general feeling that geophysics should lead to a
better lateral definition of the shallow depth subsurface. In order to be able to wisely implement
geophysics in site investigation, i.e., to select for given site conditions, the best technique or a
combination of them, to calculate the depth of penetration and the resolution of the chosen
techniques, our engineering geology students must have a better understanding of the following
- the request by civil engineers for a better model of the shallow depth subsurface than the
one obtained using traditional techniques such as CPT’s, boreholes and geological
- the physics of soils and rocks which are used in geophysics to be able to translate
geophysical measurements into ground properties or contrasts in ground properties,
- the theory behind seismic, electromagnetic, magnetic, resistivity and borehole logging
- the acquisition and processing of geophysical signals.
- the imaging of the subsurface
The program of this course in geophysics designed for engineering geologists is ambitious. At
the end of the course, the "average" engineering geologist student should at least understand
very well the jargon used by geophysicists. He should be able to work in collaboration with a
geophysicist and to assess the usefulness of a geophysical investigation. He should also feel
comfortable in using a mathematical presentation of the physical properties of the materials
that he knows well.
Lectures and practicals are scheduled during the second and third periods. The field work takes
place in the first week of the fourth period. A minimum mark of 4 for the theoretical examination
is requested to take part to the field work.
Two written examinations (one on the theoretical part and one on the case histories) and one
fieldwork report
ta4660 Real-time decision making
Lecturer: prof.dr. S.M. Luthi, room 260, tel. 86019
Credit points: 1.5
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Dr. J.D. Jansen, Prof. Dr. P.K. Currie, Prof. C.P.J.W. van Kruijsdijk
Production Geology, Petroleum Engineering, Drilling, Completion & Surface Facilities.
Course material
Course descriptions
To be announced.
This course introduces the students to the concepts of the “electronic oilfield”, which begins with
LWD sensors that are used during drilling in order to steer wells into the target zone. Other realtime measurements are discussed as well as monitoring of production over time using downhole
and surface equipment. Central in this course is the role of the petroleum engineer who has to
process and analyze this information such that immediate action can be taken when required.
To make the students aware of new technology that often furnishes real-time data that require a
new type of interaction by the technical experts.
The course is given as a sequence of lectures by various people.
ta4700 Subsidence
Credit points: 1.5
Lecturer: Dr. R. Bekendam (Geocontrol) tel. 043-3628523, Meidoorn 93, 6226 WG Maastricht
e-mail: [email protected]
Basic knowledge is required of rock mechanics, engineering geology and site investigation.
The students should also have the ability to make neat drawings, spreadsheets and reports.
Course material
Lecture notes 'Subsidence' and handouts, Blackboard.
Subsidence is the reaction of the earth’s surface to the extraction of solids, fluids or gases from
the subsurface by different mining techniques like longwall mining, room and pillar mining,
solution mining, oil, gas and water production; problems occur as well with abandoned workings
and mineshafts. This surface reaction is only in certain cases predictable and may happen
suddenly without any forewarning. More often, subsidence develops as the result of an
interaction of different mechanisms developing in time and space. For some cases, a
straightforward relation exists between human activity and subsidence at the surface. This
enables making reasonable predictions. No economic planning of mining ore or hydro-carbons is
possible without giving attention to the resulting subsidence.
Natural subsidence occurs more often in an unpredictable way. By means of site investigation,
hazard maps can be made to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
Summary course description:
- General theories of mining subsidence
- Subsidence due to longwall mining
- Prediction of trough subsidence (NCB-method, influence functions)
- Working techniques to reduce or prevent subsidence
- Subsidence due to extraction of salt
- Subsidence due to pumping of oil, water and gas
- Reduction of subsidence from oil, water and gas extraction
- Damage resulting from subsidence
Course descriptions
Prevention of damage
Mining subsidence resulting from old mine workings (e.g. room and pillar mines)
Foundation design in undermined areas
Site investigation for subsidence areas
After having followed this course students should be able to:
- describe the different types of natural subsidence fenomena;
- use the techniques to predict subsidence for long wall coal mining, salt, water, gas and oil
- estimate damage and to propose measures to reduce this damage;
- evaluate the collapse potential of a room and pillar mine using a spreadsheet;
- do a site investigation related to subsidence hazards and should be able to report the results
in an environmental impact statement;
- develop an independent, and synthesizing approach of subsidence phenomena.
The course will be given as a series of lectures in combination with excercises. The students
must carry out the excercises of the practical, ta4701, independently.
A written examination takes place twice a year. During the examination a calculator is required
ta4701 Subsidence, practicals
Credit points: 0
Lecturer: Dr. R. Bekendam (Geocontrol) tel. 043-3628523, Meidoorn 93, 6226 WG Maastricht
e-mail: [email protected]
Knowledge is expected of the relevant parts of the lecture notes 'Subsidence'. Spreads-heets
have to be used.
Neat drawings have to be made.
Course material
3 excercises
Related to the course ta4700 excercises are carried out with the prediction of subsidence.
Starting point is the prediction of subsidence caused by long wall coal mining. An evaluation is
carried out of the collapse potential of a room and pillar mine. For an environmental impact
statement a map will be made of a certain area, with the subsidence hazards.
- Gaining experience in subsidence prediction for longwall coal mining.
- Obtaining experience in the evaluation of the collapse potential of a room and pillar mine.
- Developing insight in the making of an environmental impact statement by making a map of
the subsidence hazards.
Course descriptions
Three excercises have to be carried out independently. Staff is available for advise.
The practicals are compulsory and all the assignments have to be made. The results do not
contribute to the mark of course ta4700.
ta4710 Site Investigation II
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: D.J.M Ngan-Tillard, r. 112, tel 86843 /r. 0.05 (Civil Eng), tel 83325
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: L. Gareau, MSc, room 118, tel 88969
ta3730 site investigation 1, ta3740 engineering geological mapping, ta2090 geostatistics.
Course material
Documents dispatched during lectures and/or available in the electronic blackboard site for SI 2.
The civil engineering projects that are currently under development in the Netherlands (tunnels,
cut and covers, underground stations, widening of motorways, dike strengthening, etc…) require
the implementation of 'new' construction techniques such as shield tunnelling, ground freezing
or in situ ground stabilisation. Some of these techniques demand a better modelling of the
spatial variability of the (shallow) subsurface properties and a better understanding of the
behaviour of Dutch soils.
The course will focus on site investigation and risk analysis for the recent and coming major
Dutch infrastructure projects. The present practice in site investigation will be analysed. Experts
from the industry will be invited to give introductory lectures. They will address issues such as
optimum site investigation and use of the subsurface, contract documents, risk management and
eurocodes. The introductory lectures serve as a departure for the study assignments of the
participants of ta4710. We will work on the definition of a better code of practice for site
investigation in Dutch soil deposits (organic clay and peat, loose sand, stiff clays and man-made
soils) in keeping in mind the complexity of the behaviour exhibited by these materials.
The main objectives of the course are the following:
- Better understanding of the nature of the ground conditions in which Dutch engineering
works are to be constructed.
- Better understanding of the geotechnical aspects related to Dutch deposits (settlement,
heave, bearing capacity,…).
- Better knowledge of the site investigation techniques that are available to reach this
- Capability of showing the added value of engineering geology in Dutch construction projects.
- Elaboration of a better methodology to design site investigation
- Introduction to risk management and contract documents
Course descriptions
Introductory lectures by experts from the industry, seminars, self study.
Times and titles of the introductory lectures will be announced on the blackboard site for ta4710.
Seminars will be organised so that students can present their progress on their individual
assignment and interact with each other.
Introductory lectures and seminars will be scheduled during the time allocated to the course
ta4710 and the rest of the time will be reserved for individual study.
The final mark is calculated as follows: 10% for the highlights of the guest lectures, 30% for the
participation during the lectures, 60% for the individual assignment.
ta4720 Marine Engineering Geology
Lecturer: P.M. Maurenbrecher M.Sc, room 112, ext. 85192
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 2
ta3780, Grondmechanica: Soil Mechanics
Course material
study manual "Marine Engineering Geology" on Blackboard site
Lecture notes "Marine Engineering Geology 2003' to be obtained at the concierge of Applied
Earth Sciences
Unlike onshore investigation work of the subsurface, the over-water environment methods have
a different disciplinary culture so that a better understanding of geological methods such as
geophysics becomes significant. One who has had first hand experience working offshore on
major projects gives the lectures. He can, thus, give the student an inside view in dealing with
projects which involve obtaining , ultimately, geotechnical and hydro-dynamic parameters. These
parameters range from biosphere influenced “shear stress” of sediments for determining
dredging depths, to the shear strengths and deformability of deeper sediments for spud-can
penetration of pile lateral loading analysis for platform foundations. And if that is not too
mundane there are fascinating hazards in the ocean environment, tsunamis, turbidity currents, a
sea-bed slide as big as the Netherlands offshore Norway, and the frozen methane gas layers
waiting to release bubbles which destroy buoyancy. Possibly unique to Civil Engineering courses
at TU Delft these lectures cover contractual methods: working offshore one deals with the
international market and hence with contractual documents according to FIDIC (International
Federation of Consulting Engineers) and API (American Petroleum Institute) in terms of legal
clauses and specification clauses respectively.
The cousre consists of two parts: Lectures on offshore practice which will be assessed by an
examination and a practical examination is which the student has to prepare documentation for
a proposed marine structure based on actual site investigation data from a commercial
Marine engineering geology has two objectives: to make the student aware that once in practice
with theory alone one is a fish out of water. In practice one learns from hard won experience;
these lectures help short-cut the learning curve and prepare the newly graduated engineer
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intending to work offshore with what he or she may have to face up to. It is the last frontier on
earth and an exiting place to be but it may not be always that glamorous as the company
brochures will like you to believe. The other objective which recent parliamentary enquiries
(2002) in The Netherlands made all too clear is that as an engineer we hardly deal in numbers
but in contracts. Possibly the title of the lectures should change to Marine Site Investigation and
Contractual Practice.
Two lecture sessions of 90 minutes each for seven weeks. Of these 14 sessions about 5 will be
devoted to the practical-exam workshop. Lecture period is in the second quarter.
written exam and assignments
Assessment only given when both exam and practical report submitted. Practical report
submitted at end of lecture term will be reviewed without penalty and can be resubmitted with
improvements for final assessment
ta4750-01 Engineering Geology Design Practice
Lecturer: P.M. Maurenbrecher, BSc (Eng) MSc MSc Ceng, room 112, tel 85192
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: D.J.M. Ngan-Tillard, room 112, tel 86843, L. Gareau MSc
ta3730, ta3780, ta3790, ta4710
Course material
The course has two volumes of traditional lecture notes which provide more information on
Engineering Geological Design Practice than the content of the course of lectures and practical.
Students are recommended to purchase them as they give a more comprehensive overview of
Engineering Geology design practice. Additional course material is supplied electronically on the
Blackboard site.
Engineering Geology Design Practice uses three dimensional approach to examine loading and
geology on natural and man made structures. Use is made of stereographic techniques
traditionally used in structural geology and mineralogy. The method was first applied to analyse
the Malpasset Dam failure of 1963. The abutment foundations of this dam appear to be the
cause of failure and it can be regarded that the failure of the Malpasset dam and that of the
natural slope failure above the reservoir of the Vaiont Dam in Italy in 1958 was the main
impetus for starting engineering geology courses at numerous universities.
The 3 dimensional techniques are examined in a number of applications for slopes, foundations:
tunnels and earthquakes.
The course further examines design methods normally not covered within the fields of soil
mechanics and rock mechanics. Examples are piles founded in bed rock, karstic environments,
laterite and expansive soils, earthquake susceptible soils.. "Earth and Rock Structures" consists
of excavations and earth/rock fills which cover a number of structure type where the materials
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or the geology forms an inherent part of the structure (excavated and natural slopes, tunnels,
earth and rock-fill dams, dykes, road embankments). “Design practice” as the title suggests
means that design calculations only form a small part of a much broader process which the
engineering geologists (and the civil engineer) is concerned with from conceptualising a project,
examining its feasibility, logistics of its construction often associated with temporary structues
and finally monitoring of structure, especially dams, during its working lifetime.
Design practical consists of familiarisation with stereographic methods applied to slopes, tunnels
and foundations. Individual data sets are provided from which the student has to determine
stability/ hazards that may occur and design support structures where necessary.
There is no sharp demarcation between investigative methods and the design of earth structures
and foundations for which investigations are done. Engineering geologists are often involved in
site investigation to determine the geology for civil engineering structures. To ensure that such
investigations are carried out to meet the needs and requirements of a structure and its
construction the engineering geologist must be conversant with many aspects of civil
engineering design and construction methods. Hazards, many of geological origin, such as
earthquakes, volcanism, subsurface voids, floods and landslides are typically outside influences
which may not be taken into account in site specific site investigation. Engineering Geology
Design Practice presents many case histories and design techniques covering slope stability,
excavations (open and underground), earth and rockfill structures and foundations for which the
engineering geologist would often be involved in the design and construction process. Many of
the design methods are unique to engineering geology.
The lectures help as an aid for the student during engineering geology fieldwork (TA 4771) to
enable appreciation as to the purpose of engineering geology mapping and testing with respect
to the possible uses the map information would be used. The limitations of the mapping should
also become apparent as the maps are often to general and of inappropriate scale for numerous
potential projects. This becomes apparent subsequent to fieldwork with regard toward their
individual reports concerning a project they will be assigned to which they have make use of the
fieldwork data and mapping reports.
The content of the lectures and course notes are relatively excessive compared to the points the
student will earn. It is important for the student to attend the lectures to ensure that the study
load is confined to the lecture content will indicate what material the student can be expected to
be examined on. (This can vary, as the objective is, partly, to keep the lectures topical by
making reference to current problems and examples in practice and invited speakers will change
from year to year. Invitations are extended to speakers from industry to present their views and
experience on currrent topical projects.).
Practical exam and written exam.
Students who postpone examinations to following years may find that changes occur as to the
study load content.
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ta4760 Environmental Geotechnics
Lecturer: G.A.M. van Meurs, tel 015-2693540, GeoDelft
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Transport phenomena, basic knowledge of organic and anorganic chemistry, basic knowledge of
geohydrology and partial differential equations.
Course material
Lecture notes and handouts (cases)
The origin of soil contamination is given. An overview is given for:
- the types of contamination
- the mechanisms which govern fate and transport of soil contaminants
- Type of contamination and mechanisms have consequences for:
- techniques for site investigation, recent developments and pitfalls are addressed
- concepts to deal with risks
- concepts to control and to manage the risks
- concepts to design a cost-effective remediation
- application of passive as well as active barriers to prevent migration
- remediation technologies
- monitoring to verify behaviour and to check migration
The goals of the lecture are:
- understanding of the principles of fate and behaviour of soil contamination
- ability which concept for site investigation and which technology is convenient to meet the
- ability to identify risks and to manage risks related with soil contamination
- ability to judge which concept of remediation is the most suitable
- ability to judge which technology fits best to the local circumstances
During a time period of 7 weeks, a lecture is given of 4 hours a week. Presence of the lecture
and regular study of the contents form the basis for a successful exam.
Exercises are given during the lectures. The score of the exercises forms the result.
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ta4771 Engineering Geology Fieldwork
Lecturer: Several lecturers of ITC and Engineering Geology
Credit points: 8
ECTS: 11
Other lecturers: P.M. Maurenbrecher MSc, room 112, tel 85192, e-mail:
[email protected]; Ing. W. Verwaal, room 110, tel 81326
Geological Fieldwork (ta3941), Site investigation I (ta3730), EG mapping (ta3740).
Course material
Manual 'fieldwork procedures
The 1-month period of fieldwork in Spain contains:
1. Two weeks for the preparation of an engineering geological map of an area, with the
assessment of the geotechnical properties of the rock and soil units distinguished and the
assessment of hazards present.
2. A site study of a hazardous slope of several days
3. Excursion visits among others to construction sites
To apply the knowledge gained in the field of engineering geological site investigation.
One week preparation period in Delft contains introductory lectures and the study of aerial
photographs and geology maps of the fieldwork area. The fieldwork is carried out in small
groups. At the end of the fieldwork the students receives an individual assignment for a
feasibility study of a construction project to be carried out in his/her mapping area.
ta4772 Fieldwork Analysis and Design
Lecturer: Several lecturers of ITC and Engineering Geology
Credit points: 0
Other lecturers: Ing. W. Verwaal, kmr. 110, tst. 81326;
P.M. Maurenbrecher MSc, room 112, tel 85192, e-mail: [email protected]
ta4771 Fieldwork Engineering Geology
Course material
Manual 'fieldwork procedures'
Following the fieldwork reports have to be prepared:
1. The engineering geology mapping carried out, based on the results of laboratory tests. Maps
are prepared using GIS
2. The site investigation of an hazardous slope or cut
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3. Individual assignment, a feasibility study of a construction project in the mapping area.
Synthesis of the Engineering Geology course; application and integration of the acquired
Four week period immediately following the fieldwork. Timetables and deadlines are given to
accomplish the work needed.
Assessment of reports and maps.
As an elective for the 5th year, the preparation of tender documents and the preparation of a
'Geotechnical Baseline Report' may follow the feasibility study.
ta4780 Flow and Transport in Fractured Rock Masses
Lecturer: Dr. W. Zijl, (TNO-NITG)
e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Credit points: 2
Course material
(1) Chapters 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 13 from C.W. Fetter 'Applied Hydrogeology', 4th ed.
Prentice-Hall, Inc., N.J., 2001,
(2) Hand-outs on numerical methods
The aim of the lecture ta4780 ‘Flow and Transport in Fractured Rock Masses’ is to give students
in engineering geology insight in the flow and transport phenomena that occur in fractured
porous rocks. The emphasis is on insights needed to successfully perform analytical and
numerical modeling studies, and to judiciously assess the soundness of such studies performed
by others.
After a brief introduction in geohydrology and its applications, the theory of single-phase and
two-phase fluid flow will be treated, as well as the theory of transport phenomena. To bring
each student on the same level, unconsolidated media are treated first. Then, this knowledge
will be generalized and extended to fractured and fissured porous media. Different approaches
will be considered, among which are the discrete network method, the continuum theory, and
the hybrid approach. Both stochastic and deterministic methods will be discussed. However, the
emphasis is on the deteriministic continuum theory.
The first focus is on formulations that give insight and are useful in practical situations.
Especially insights related to scale analysis are highlighted, in such a way that phenomena like
anisotropy and dispersion are seen as emerging from upscaling. A central role is given to the
relationship between mathematical symbol and geohydrological reality (semiotic approach).
The second focus is on numerical methods, like the higly popular block-centered finite difference
method, the conventional node-based finite element method and the more modern edge-based
and face based finite element methods. The methods are discussed from a practical perspective,
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rather than a mathematical point of view. Also the relative advantages and disadvantages of the
different approaches will be considered.
Finally some attention will be paid to the relation between flow dynamics and geo-mechanics,
especially regarding the topics of storage, compaction and subsidence.
The lecture can be given either in the Dutch or the English language
To be able to create a conceptual, an analytical and a numerical model of a problem in
geohydrology or georemediation.
The subject is taugt in 14 oral lectures
A written (oral if only a few students do their exam) examination of three hours. Mainly open
questions in the Englisch language. The examination is two times a year.
ta4900/4901 Geochemical Exploration Methods, including practical
Credit points: 1
Lecturer: Drs. Smeth, Department of Earth Systems Analysis, ITC, Enschede, tel. 0534874310
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Prof. Dr. M. Hale, ITC Enschede
Knowledge of basic inorganic chemistry, geology, geomorphology, ore minerals, metallogeny
and use of Excel data analysis.
Course material
Lecture notes and exercise material (in english) can be obtained from the lecturer, drs. de
Smeth and can also be made available in Blackboard.
Quantitative and qualitative information on the chemical composition of rocks, soils, sediments,
water, organic material and air can be used in the exploration for hidden -mainly metallic- ore
deposits but also in environmental studies. For this, methods can be chosen from a wide range
of analytical methods, ranging from old to very advanced, all in combination with a thorough
understanding of the geochemical behaviour of elements in the natural environment. The
products of geochemical surveys such as geochemical atlases can be integrated in GIS with
geophysical or geological information.The course will also deal with the practical aspects of
geochemical prospecting and environmental studies, ea. correct sampling methods, sampling
reproducibility, data- quality, -treatment and -handling. The contribution by Prof. Hale consists of
one session on the use of ground water as well as soil gasses such as methane, H2S and other
gasses in the exploration for mineral resources among which oil and gas deposits.
Understanding the methods which can be used for the exploration of ore deposits, through a
combination of geology and chemistry. Many of the discussed geochemical techniques are also
used in environmental investigations like soil pollution assesments.
Course descriptions
Teaching will be in form of seven thory classes and three to five exercise sessions on praactical
geochemical data interpretation. If required the practical exercises can be completed as
The assessment composes of two components: 1) written examination, duration two hours,
50%; 2) asessment of results practical exercises, 50%.
Optional course.
This topic will only be taught in the above mentioned form if there are sufficient (four) student
interested at the same time and an acceptable schedule can be organised.
Individual interested students can also contact drs. de Smeth to arrange the course in
BlackBoard in the form of distance learning.
An other option is to follow this topic in taught form during a two/three week period at ITC in
ta4910 Reservoir sedimentology
Lecturer: Dr. M.E. Donselaar, room 231, tel 85108
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Course material
to be announced
to be announced
ta4920 Advanced Structural Geology
Lecturer: Drs. J.C. Blom, room 231, tel 83628
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
General/ structural geology
Course material
Presentations will be available on Blackboard.
Structural geology is the study of deformation of the Earth’s crust. During this course, special
emphasis will be placed on the role of structures with respect to the presence and structure of
reservoirs. Basics include general principles of structural geology and rock mechanics. Structural
geology can be applied on a large scale, when looking at different structural styles of
deformation in the Earth’s crust. Extension, compression, wrench tectonics and inversion all lead
to different forms and distributions of reservoirs. On a medium scale, structures such as folds,
Course descriptions
fractures and faults greatly influence the size of the reservoir.
On a small scale, they can also influence reservoir characteristics as porosity and permeability,
as well as production. Structural modelling, both analogue and digital, is important in validating
interpretations of reservoir size, geometry and production characteristics.
Reservoir geologists need a thorough understanding of the different tectonic settings in which
reservoirs can occur. They also need to understand the different deformation processes that play
a role in the deformation of rocks, and the way these influence the distribution and production of
hydrocarbons. Furthermore, they need to be able to asses the geometries of possible reservoirs.
The course includes hours of lectures and afternoons of practicals.
Written examination.
ta4921 Reservoir Geological Fieldwork (HUESCA)
Lecturer: dr. M.E. Donselaar, kmr 231, tst 85108
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 4
to be announced
Course material
Relevant literature will be handed out.
Prior to the field training course the participants should familiarize with the specific geological
setting of the target areas, and with the potential heterogeneities in analogue reservoir settings.
The theoretical background, necessary to make this intensive short-duration training course
successful, is presented in a number of lectures. The participants will receive a compilation of
the relevant literature to accompany the introductory lectures.
The aim of the field training course is to give insight in reservoir architecture and to assess the
influence of permeability baffles on flow. The field training course comprises the construction of
a 3-D deterministic geological model in a reservoir-equivalent outcrop setting. The various
aspects of stratigraphical setting, basin development, relation of reservoir architecture and
sequence stratigraphy, geometry and internal heterogeneities of the reservoir elements will be
studied in detail. Emphasis is on: variability of facies associations, shape and extent of
permeability baffles, production of synthetic well logs, correlation possibilities and -problems.
Thin slides and microscopes will be available for the on-site determination of the mineralogy of
permeability baffles.
Course descriptions
Gaining insight in reservoir sedimentology, -architecture and -modelling, correlation methods,
integration of sedimentological, petrophysical and geophysical data. Exercising the carrying out
of a project, independently and in a team. Gaining insight in the study methods of oneself and of
The assessment will be by oral presentation and a written report.
ta4930 Subsurface Transport Phenomena
Lecturer: S.M. Hassanizadeh, CT, tel 87346
Credit points: 2
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Dr. R.J. Schotting
Course material
Reference literature:
Domenico, P.A. and Schwartz, F.W. (1998) Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology (Second
Edition). John Wiley & Sons, New York. ISBN 0-471-59762-7.
Ingebritsen S.E. and Sanford W.E. (1999) Groundwater in Geologic Processes. Cambridge
University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-66400-4.
The occurrence and movement of groundwater and other geological fluids affect a wide range of
geologic processes, including weathering, ore deposition, petroleum migration, hydrothermal
alteration, diagenesis, earth quakes, heat transfer and deformation. Groundwater is also a
resource whose quality and availability is increasingly altered by human activity. The discipline of
hydrogeology thus blends fundamental and applied activities. Major subjects that will be treated
A. Heat transport
B. Chemical reactions in groundwater systems
C. Mass transport in groundwater systems
D. Density-dependent groundwater flow
E. Diagenesis of geologic formations
F. Contaminant hydrogeology
This course aims at exposing the student to the breath of the field of hydrogeology by
illustrating the role of groundwater and other geofluids in geological processes, but also by
addressing issues of groundwater quality.
Course descriptions
ta4940 Remote Sensing II
Lecturer: prof.dr. F.D. van der Meer, room 232, tel 87840
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 1
The course centers on the state-of-the-art in geological remote sensing. It combines the
specialist knowledge in Earth Science fields with the latest insights in the fields of geoinformation management and earth observation methods. The objective is (1) to create an
expert body of Earth scientists capable of independently tackling Earth science problems in a
given area based on proper application of scientific analytical criteria, (2) to develop a
conceptual framework for understanding the potential new sources of information from earth
observation techniques and their applicability in Earth sciences, (3) to assist in developing
strategies for data acquisition directed toward the specific needs of earth scientists and (4) to
provide insight into where data can be retrieved. The course will cover aspects of hyperspectral
remote sensing, interferometric SAR analysis and 3D digital terrain modeling applied to
geological mapping and monitoring of processes. In particular, we provide an overview of use of
remote sensing in petroleum exploration and in engineering geology.
ta4950 Geological Modelling
Lecturer: Dr G.J. Weltje, room 232, phone 85722
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Guest lecturers, to be announced
Credit points: 2
Courses 1st year MSc RG, PE or AG
Course material
(1) Introduction: classes of models, purposes, needs; Models as input to reservoir simulators;
Stand-alone models: visualisation, sensitivity analysis: STOIIP/reserves, connected volumes,
well spacing studies; Classic layered 2D models; Stochastic shales, tight streaks, Kv
(2) Geostatistical models: Kriging, Gaussian Random, Sequential Indicator Simulation, Fractals,
Sequential Gaussian Simulation, Markov chains;
(3) Deterministic/Geocellular 3-D models: Object-based models: Boolean models, fluvial/channel
models, geometric stratigraphic models;
(4) Process-based models: General overview and examples, DUT BARSIM; computer practical;
(5) Fault modeling: restoring fault planes from fault polygons, juxtaposition diagrams, calculation
of transmissibilities through faults.
(6) Modelling of compositional data (mineralogy, particle size distribution) and pore/grain-scale
Course descriptions
To develop a working knowledge of the various quantitative tools available for building and
constraining 'static' geological models for reservoir simulations
Lectures, computer practicals and presentations
Assignment and essay
ta4960 Image analysis on reservoir rock
Lecturer: drs. K.-H.A.A. Wolf, room 334, tel 86029
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: R.Ephraim, room 336, tel. 81946
Practical support: K-H. Wolf, R. Ephraim
Credit points: 1
Introduction to Quantitative Image, analysis part of ta3420
Course material
Mineral determination, texture characterization, compaction features, grain framework
determination, pore space characterization
The student will learn how to deal with multi-element X-ray maps and to create false colour
grain textures. These textures can be determined on their mineral content and textural
phenomenons such as size, sorting, contacts, strength, etc. In addition the pores space will be
characterized on spatial features, such as size distribution, permeability and capillarity, etc.
Computer aided practical work in groups of 18 maximum. Two students per computer. 15 to 20
At the end a final assignment has to be made by each student.
ta5071 Graduation Thesis
Lecturer: Thesis supervisor (afstudeerregelaar)
Credit points: 31
ECTS: 44
The 2nd year programme has tobe completed in before the student can work on the graduation
Course material
Course descriptions
To be selected in consultation with the thesis supervisor.
Each individual programme will be concluded with an individual graduation thesis: a research
project of ca 9 months reported in a graduation thesis. The research results will also be
presented in public to the graduation committee (see course ta5091 - the colloquium). The
subject of the graduation project is to be decided jointly by the graduation coordinator of the
specialization and the student. Usually, the topic is part of a Ph.D. research, in which case the
Ph.D. student concerned will supervise the graduation project. The graduation research project
can also take place at an external company or research institute. In any case, the graduation
coordinator remains responsible for the quality requirements of the project and the supervision.
The graduation subject will be within the area of the specialization.
The graduate student learns to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the preceding study in a
research project he/she has to carry out independently.
See 'regeling afstudeerfase' (paragraph 9.4 of the 'Onderwijs- en Examenregeling TA')
The regulator perspecialisation is:
Raw materials technology: prof.dr. M.A.Reuter, room 141, ext. 2903,
Petroleum engineering: W.M.G.T. van den Broek, room 205, ext. 6065
Engineering geology: dr. P.N.W. Verhoef, room 109, ext. 2543
Applied Geophysics: J.T. Fokkema, room 224a, ext.5190
The 2nd year programme has to be completed in before the student can work on the graduation
ta5091 Colloquium
Lecturer: graduation committee
Credit points: 1
Knowledge gained througout the years.
Course material
The colloquium consists of a public presentation of the graduation thesis (see ta5071) by means
of a 45 minute lecture, after which questions can be posed. Next to the presentation, the
candidate will be examined on his thesis by the graduation committee in a closed session.
The graduate student displays the knowledge and skills obtained during his specialization by
convincingly presenting the results of his research.
See 'Regeling afstudeerfase' (paragraph 10.4 of the 'Courseand examination regulations MSc')
Course descriptions
The grade for this exam is based on both theperformance of the presentation and during the
defence in the closed session. The graduation committee will give an advice about the grade but
the professor will define the definite grade.
wi4012ta/wi4013ta Numerical Mathematics, including exercises
Credit points: 3
Lecturer: F.J. Vermolen, ITS-kmr. 04.130, tst 87298
e-mail: [email protected]
wi1266ta, wi2273ta, wi2034, wi3097ta
Course material
J. van Kan, A. Segal, 'Numerieke methoden voor partiële differentiaalvergelijkingen', DUM, to be
obtained at VSSD.
A number of partial differential equation types will be discussed, which are of interest in
technical applications. The Laplace equation as an example of an equilibrium in incompressible
ground water flows, time dependence problems like the wave equation, the convection-diffusion
equation and the transport equation.
To understand and to be able to apply the discussed numerical methods and to estimate the
error in the calculations. To critically evaluate a numerical solution.
The course matter will be discussed in a 0/2/2/0 lecture series. During the lectures, two sets of
take-home exercises will be handed out. These have to be handed in to the instructor in time.
The take home exercises and the practical exercises will be graded, the average of these grades
is the grade for the course. Registration takes place during the lectures.
One theoretical take-home assignment and one programming assignment.
Course descriptions
9.2 Course descriptions MSc Resource Engineering
EMC - A/DT (AACHEN) Drilling Technology
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Chr. Niemann-Delius, tel ++49 (0)241 - 8095683
Credit points: 0.5
e-mail: [email protected]
Course material
Course material will be handed out at the start of the course.
The lecture gives a brief and general overview of drilling technology used in the oil and gas
industry. It aims at adopting the participants knowledge to the topic and gives them a
theoretical background to understand basic drilling processes as rock-bit interaction or the
influence of formation fluids. In detail these processes will be studied in an excercise phase.
With the help of a simulation software the influence of technical, operational and geological
factors on the success of a drilling project (i.e. the drilling costs) can be experienced.
The course is completed by a field trip to an oil and gas company. The participants where
informed about drilling projects in Germany, special drilling techniques and the tasks of drilling
engineers in the oil and gas industry.
The drilling course consist of an overview of Oil and Gas drilling and production and a simulation
project. The general introduction into drilling technique will be used mainly to enable the
participants to run a calculation- and simulation program. By designing a drilling project the
influence of technical, operational and geological factors, can be experience.
The simulator uses a drilling model that determines rate of penetration and wear of the drill bit
as a function of weight on bit, rotary speed, mud flow rate, mud density, bit/rock interaction. It
is going to show the effects of the drilling parameters on the wear of bit. Eventually it is showing
how to drill in the most cost-effective manner, by determining the best moment to terminate the
bit run.
- Overview of drilling technology used in the oil and gas industry
- understanding of basic drilling processes
lecture, excercise (simulation software), field trip
Written examination.
Course descriptions
EMC - A/EI-00 (AACHEN) Environmental Issues
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Univ. Prof.Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. P.N. Martens
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing Christian Nieman-Delius, Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Preuße
tel +49 241 8095667
General Mining, Legal Basics, Chemistry
Course material
Handouts and sheets
Recultivation, reclamation, landscape modelling, environmental protection, landfills, waste
management, waste statistics, backfill of contaminated masses, legal basics. Tailing dam
managament, Tailing dam construction, Acid mine Drainage
Underground waste disposal/backfill: legal basics, waste amount, different waste types,
evaluation of waste, safety concepts, host rocks, deposit characteristics, cavity types,
transportation technics, backfilling technology, operational safety, case study: backfill planning in
a gypsum mine.
Overview, basics and methods of underground waste disposal and backfilling. Overview, basics
and methods of recultivation in open pit mining. Basic knowledge in tailing dam management
and their construction, basic knowledge of the Environmental Imact due to Acid mine Drainage
Lectures and Excersises
EMC - A/MV (AACHEN) Mine Ventilation
Lecturer: Univ. Prof.Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. P.N. Martens, tel +492418095667
Credit points: 3
e-mail: [email protected]
Practical support: Dipl. Ing. Burkhard Richthammer +49241 8095672, Dipl. Ing. Michael Rischka
Thermodynamics, Physics, General Mining, empirical fluid mechanics
Course material
Handouts / Slides
Physical Properties of Mine Air, Mine Air Composition, Mine Air Flow, Ventilation methods,
ventilation control, loss of pressure, ventilation circuit, fans and their operating Mode and
characteristics, Mine Air Distribution, Mine Ventilation Networks, Mine Ventilation Network
serveys, methods and equipment for gas measurement, methane formation, absorption, release
Course descriptions
and determination/methane control, utilisation and ignition.
Methane prediction, influences on methane production, natural heat sources, self consolidation,
steam content.
Heading and Auxiliary ventilation: planning, construction, requirements on pressure and
quantity, determination of supplements based on pressure losses. Ventilation planning:
Assessment of measurements on air flow and pressure, computer based ventilation planning.
Air conditioning: Climatic areas, air control by ventilation and air cooling, productivity control.
Gaining Basic Knowledge in Mine Ventilation ; Calculation and Design of Mine Ventilation
Networks, Capability to consider Mine Ventilation Requirement sin Underground Mine Planning,
Capability to control Ventilation Networks by Surveys.
Basic knowledge of Methan Occurence and Prediction of Methane Degassing in Underground
Coal Mines.
Basic Knowledge in mine climatisation.
Lectures, Laboratory Group Work, Servey Project
EMC - A/OP-00 (AACHEN) Open Pit Mining
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Niemann-Delius +49(0)241/8095683
Credit points: 2.5
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Dr.-Ing. W. Thiels /SST, Dipl.-Ing. Schippers /RWE-Rheinbraun
Course material
Course material will be handed out
The course will give an overview of the mining methods in surface mines, open pits and
quarries, with an emphasis on lignite mining. Continuous and discontinuous mining methods will
be presented. Lectures are integrated with project work and field trips.
The project starts with characterising different types of deposits, the best suitable mining
equipment as well as the right position for the opening cut. Subsequently the optimum lay-out of
the mine will be determined. Loading (bucket wheel excavators, bucket chain excavators, wheel
loaders, hydraulic excavators and rope shovels) and transport equipment (articulated trucks, off
road trucks, conveyor belts) will be calculated and selected.
The lectures and exercises in “dewatering” methods show, how wells are dimensioned etc. and
which difficulties have to be taken into consideration, when “dewatering” a large surface mine in
unconsolidated material.
Another topic is Computer Aided Engineering. Aspects of mine planning with commercial
programmes are discussed with special reference to SURPAC, which will be used in the project
Course descriptions
Lecture: Overview, basics and methods of open pit mining and computer aided engineering: to
enhance professional knowledge
Tutorial: planning steps for lignite projects:
to work in a group, to present complex facts verbal, to use and entrust methodology
Lectures, excercises and field trips
Written examination.
EMC - D/AL-00 (DELFT) Alluvial & Marine Mining
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Ir. H. van Muijen, room 147, tel 85001 or MTI Holland, tel 078-6910335
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: ing. C.H. van den Berg, MTI Holland, tel 078-6910335
General knowledge of mechanical engineering, physical transport phenomena, physical
separation technologies (gravity), geology, dry-earth moving, mineral economics
Course material
Handouts on course topics together with copies of articles highlighting these topics; copies of
the presentations by the students
After a general overview of the geological origin and deposit forming of important alluvial
(placer) and marine deposits, this course will emphasize on typical exploration, exploitation,
dredge mining, deep sea mining and processing methods of these deposits and their related
minerals. EEZ (Economic Exclusive Zones) jurisdiction and mining possibilities will be highlighted.
Some general exploration methods will be discussed with special emphasis on sampling
methods, exploration models, reserve estimation and deposit evaluation. Worldwide exploitation
will be explained with mining operations of gold, tin, diamonds, heavy minerals and sand &
gravel and typical commodity related topics like marketprice, history and future, etc. The most
important dredge mining techniques will be discussed, explaining on selection criteria,
equipment lay-outs and typical operational data as well as important environmental aspects.
Processing methods will be highlighted with respect to the influence on alluvial and marine
mining methods; some special unit operations will be mentioned. As important tools slurry
transportation and centrifugal pumps will be reviewed separately. Several excursions will be
arranged to highlight some of the typical course topics mentioned above.
Main goal of this course is to present the student with a general overview on important topics of
alluvial and marine mining and several specific points in more detail. The student should be
aware of the different criteria determining feasibility of the different deposits, proper selection of
equipment and typical problems related to this type of mining operations.
Course descriptions
The course will be lectured as an integrated course in the English language. The program has a
logic structure covering all important aspects. In principle students should be present during all
course days. Besides introductions by lecturer, a lot of video’s will be used to explain certain
topics in more detail. The course material will be lectured in an interactive way, inviting students
to participate in discussions and preparing answers to raised questions.
The asssessment of this course will be based on a short written report with presentation
prepared by every student on a special topic. This topic can be selected from a list prepared by
the course co-ordinator or after approval by the students own selection. The contents of these
short studies will highlight some specific points of alluvial and marine mining in more detail, for
which no time is available during the normal course hours. The presentation is part of the course
and should be followed by all other students. Report and presentation will be assessed by the
course co-ordinator.
Written and oral.
EMC students will prepare a short report on a specific topicand will present their topic for the
EMC class. Topic can be selected from a list made available by lecturer. Mark is determined for
report and presentation separately and used to determine the final mark. For non-EMC students
a similar examination is possible as well as a oral examination. This will be decided in mutual
consent between lecturer and student.
EMC - D/CS-00 (DELFT) Case Study
Lecturer: Dr. B. Ding, room 148, tel 81606
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Ir. J.J. de Ruiter, room 147, tel 85001
Credit points: 3
Course on mineral economics, feasibility studies
Course material
Handouts of typical details on feasibility studies, case history details,
general handbooks, equipment brochures etc.
The said case is an integrated steel project from mine to hot rolled steel produkt or “from pit to
plate”. The property is an abandoned surface iron mine in North America.with remaining
reserves for at least thirty years of production containing an ore with quality suitable for direct
reduction iron process. Extensive basic information will be provided.
Participants are requested to prepare a preliminary bankable feasibility study and conclude the
case exercise with a presentation of the project to representatives of the steel industry and
financing house.
Participants will co-operate in teams; each team being independent and responsible for the final
results. During the course various work meetings will be held for discussion and monitoring
Course descriptions
Main goal of this course week is to present the student with an idea on how to perform
feasibility studies and what kind of important topics are involved in a proper execution of such a
feasibility study.
EMC - D/GS-02 (DELFT) Geostatistics, including practical
Lecturer: M. Huisman, ITC, room 110, tel 89672
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 1.5
General statistics
Course material
Lecture notes “Geostatistics”.
Geostatistics relate to the interpretation of data with a spatial or temporal correlation. Tools are
presented for interpolation of data points or estimation of macroscopic entities. The basic
principles are explained and illustrated with applications. The following topics will be discussed:
global and point estimation techniques, data declustering, semivariance, stationarity,
semivariograms, various types of kriging, spatial distribution of points, statistical tests, Markov
chains, fractals, and uncertainty analysis using Monte Carlo simulation.
Obtain working knowledge on geostatistical estimation techniques and concepts for
The course consists of lectures and practical exercises (obligatory).
EMC - H/AR (HELSINKI) Applied Rock Mechanics for Hard Rock Mining
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Dr. Juha Antikainen, Laboratory of Rock Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology
General knowledge of rock mechanics
Course material
Lecture notes, Hoek, E., Kaiser, P., Bawden, W.: Support of Underground Excavations in Hard
Rock. A.A. Balkema, 1995.
Stope and pillar design in underground hard rock mining, rock stress and rock stress
measurements, rock reinforcement, mechanised rock bolting, cablebolting, shotcreting. Mine
Course descriptions
To gain a basic knowledge on hard rock behavior in mining situations
Lectures. Computer use: Stability analysis, demonstrations on numerical methods
Helsinki code: Mak-32.317, Helsinki credit: 2
Requirements: compulsory exercises and final examination
Language: English
EMC - H/IM-01 (HELSINKI) Industrial Minerals
Lecturer: Prof. Harri Lehto (Helsinki Univ. of Technology)
Credit points: 1
e-mail: [email protected]
General knowledge of chemistry, Raw materials technology
Course material
Course notes and references listed in course notes
Occurrence, processing, economics and applications of non-metallic minerals. Salt, soda ash &
chllor-alkali; magnestie, brucite & magnesia; glass; bauxite & alumina; pigments & fillers; hightech ceramics; limestone & dolomite; dimension stone; cement; gypsum; wollastonite; rare
earths, phosphates; borates.
Excursions to production and mineral processing plants
Fundamental understanding of mining and processing aspects of industrial minerals
Learning outcomes:
To familiarize students with the role of industrial minerals in modern society. To give students an
insight into factors governing the use of a number of the economically more important minerals
and the market for these minerals
Since industrial minerals are functional materials, the development of the necessary functionality
by the correct choice of mineral or selection process route is of primary importance
Written examination 60%, Project work 40%
Course descriptions
EMC - H/MA-01 (HELSINKI) Mining Automation and Maintenance of Mining
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Ass. Prof. Uday Kumar
Course material
Lecture notes, articles from jounals and magazines dealing with maintenance and automation
Production automation and maintenance as an elementary part of highly mechanised mine's
total economy. Operational re-liability of production machinery. Effects of automation on process
planning and maintenance.
To give a basic understanding of the critical aria of automation and maintenance and their
impact on the total economy of the mining operation. Maintenance will be treated with special
reference to mechanized and automatic systems used in mines.
Language: English
Requirements: compulsory exercise and final examination
EMC - H/ME-00 (HELSINKI) Mining Technology and Economics
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Prof. Pekka Särkkä , Lab. of Rock Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, tel.
General knowledge of ore reserve evaluation, mining engineering and economics
Course material
Lecture notes
Mine as an economical project, different feasibility studies, mining production planning
parameters, strategic planning, financing and management, case studies. Mine visit.
Technical and economic overview of a feasibility study concentrating on underground hard rock
metal mining.
Course descriptions
Lectures. Computer use: Demonstrations, calculations with spreadsheets.
Helsinki code: Mak-32.340
Helsinki credits: 2.5
Requirements: compulsory exercises and final examination
EMC - H/MM (HELSINKI) Numerical Mine Modelling
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Petteri Somervuori, tel +358-9-621 7705
Other lecturers: Prof. Pekka Särrkä, Lab. of RockEngineering, Helsinki University of Technology,
tel. +358-9-451-2804
Applied Rock Mechanics for Hard Rock Mining
Course material
Lecture notes
The course covers the cycle of mine modelling from exploration to design and production. The
main topics are: management of investigation data, data analyses, visualization, geological and
geotechnical modelling, rock mechanical analyses, open pit and underground mine design.
The coure includes both examples and proctical work using rock mechanical software and
geological and mine disign software.
To give an introduction to abilities and limitations of computer aided mine design.
Helsinki code: Mak-32.320
Helsinki credits: 2.5
Demonstrations and practical work: rock mechanics, mine design and geological modeling
Requirements: Compulsory exercises and final examination.
EMC - L/MPE (LONDON) Mining Production & Project Management
Credit points: 2
Lecturer: Prof. C.T. Shaw, t.h. Huxley School of Environment, Earth Science & Engineering
Course material
Course descriptions
1. Management: Overview of the concepts of management. Applications in planning and
controlling a typical mine’s production. Setting of objectives: management structure; levels
of responsibility and accountability. Discussion of selected ‘production type’ objectives;
typical objectives set in a mine environment.
2. Work study: General overview of work study, definitions, use and applications. 1) Method
Study: Techniques & applications, 2) Time Study; techniques & application
3. Standards: The requirement for standards, their derivation and application. General
discussion on: i) Standard Methods(including Management); use of standards in stoping,
development, etc. ii) Standard Costs; Labour, materials, wages, overtime
4. Standard and Responsibility Costing : Requirement for, use and application. Derivation of
cost figures.
5. The Annual Programme : Procedures and techniques used in setting the mine production,
development and exploration schedules for the overall mine production objectives. The interrelationship between departments/sections of the mine in setting production targets
6. Job Evaluation : The assessment of the 'worth' of a job - history, systems in use and
applications. Job description, analysis and evaluation. Wage scales, bonus and incentive
schemes; practical applications (e.g. tonnage of cost basis). Training of personnel for jobevaluation; use of 'standards' in training
7. Medium Term Planning and Control : Stoping - setting of programmes; Development setting of programmes (these two usually done together); Capital Projects - setting of
programmes. Interaction of these programmes.
8. The requirements of Stock Exchanges and banks with regard to the documentation required
for listing particulars and for raising loans from banks.
9. Full ore reserve presentation. Detail of the geological, geomechanical and structural
situation, maps which should be available; typical mine's production. Setting of objectives:
management structure; levels of responsibility and accountability requirements to provide
the planning base. Use of the very latest definitions.
10. Project management, scope of the project, the project team, set up of terms of reference for
the project team
11. Project control: Administration, Design control, Estimating, calls for tender, purchase
contracts and contract documentation
12. Construction control, site meetings and site visits, change orders, control of changes,
expediting, acceptance, hand-over on completion
This course is designed to give the students an improved understandig of practical management
techniques used in the mining industry generally.At the end of the course the student should
have the tools to be able to understand how to go about organising and controlling a mining
operation on a practical day to day basis.
The course is scheduled for roughly 40 hours of lectures and tutorials, given over 5 weeks. This
course is evaluated by means of project work and a 2 hour examination. Thek project will be
worth 40% of the marks for the course and the examination the remaining 60%
Course descriptions
EMC - L/MPF (LONDON) Mine Project Financing
Lecturer: Prof. D. Potts
Other lecturers: visiting Professor
Credit points: 2
Course material
1. Introduction to the course - the need for the mining engineer to understand the money and
commodity markets. The importance of financing to the mining industry. Raising funds for
mines and mining projects. The stock markets. The requirements of the stock markets. The
London “Yellow Book”. The requirements of the promoters. The importance of market
2. Responsibility costing and budgetary control with special reference to mining.
3. Cash flows. Risk analysis, cost estimation, and cash flow analysis in the minig industry
4. The use of forward selling, hedging etc. by mining companies - a strategy to reduce the risk
of price movements.
5. Corporate financing, the evaluation of mining companies and their shares. The analysis of
6. Ming company shares, fund manager’s perspectives.
7. The capital markets - how and where to raise capital for mining projects. Road shows etc.
8. Derivatives - Exchange based futures, exchange based options, OTC options, gold bonds,
gold loans etc.
9. The work of a mining analyst in evaluating shares, mining projects etc. The measures used
to compare company results.
10. Metals and concentrates markets - Uses and demand for metals and minerals. Minerals and
metals markets - the LME. Base metals and the pricing mechanisms. Producer prices and
LME prices. Comex and other markets. Gold and gold markets.
This course is designed to give the students an improved understanding of mineral economics,
building on the courses in this topic that have gone before. It is designed to give the students an
understanding of the money markets and how they work and how they can be used by the
mining industry in its search for finance.
This course is co-ordinated by Prof. Shaw, but the bulk of the lectures are by persons from
brokers and finance companies in the City of London and from the London Metal Exchange.
The course is scheduled for roughly 20 hours of lectures and tutorials, given in 2 hour sessions
over 2 weeks. This course is evaluated by means of tutorial work and, combined with L/MPE, a 3
hour examination. The tutorial work will be worth 40% of the marks for the course and the
examination the remaining 60%.
Course descriptions
EMC - L/MV-01 (LONDON) Ventilation
Lecturer: to be announced
Credit points: 1.5
Course material
to be announced
EMC - L/PROJ (LONDON) Mine Project - Boulby Potash Mine
Credit points: 1.5
Lecturer: Prof. S. Durucan, T.H. Huxley School of Environment, Earth Science & Engineering
At least three years of study of mining engineering succesfully completed.
Course material
1. Boulby Potash mine staff select four topics which the mine would like to see investigated.
These may be in any area of mining, such as rock mechanics, ventilation, mine services,
mining layout, transport systems, etc.
2. The students are split into teams and the teams undertake an investigation of their project
on the mine.
3. The project work is undertaken during a period of one week. Days 1,2 and 3 are spent
studying the problem on surface and/or underground at the mine. Day 4 is spent preparing
a design and a report of conclusions reached. Day 5 the teams present their results at a
seminar to the management of the mine.
This course offers the student the opportunity of doing design work in a real mining situation.
The objective is to create design concepts which will be of immediate and practical use to the
operating company.
The course is cheduled for one full week at the mine site. A full project report will be written on
return to London. This course is evaluated on the presentations given at the mine and the
project reports.
Course descriptions
EMC - L/RM-00 (LONDON) Rock Mechanics
Lecturer: Dr. J.P. Harrison, Dep. of Earth Resources Engineering
Credit points: 1.5
Introductory Rock Mechanics
Course material
This course is a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials.
1. Introduction - Classification of numerical methods, fundamental differences between
methods. Introduction to numerical methods through the finite difference method.
2. Finite element method - Principles of the finite element method. Finite elements, shape and
interpolation functions. Assembling a problem. Meshing issues.
3. Boundary element method - Principles of the boundary element method. Boundary elements,
shape and interpolation functions
4. Finite differences revisited - Explicit and implicit methods. Non rectangular grids. FLAC.
5. Distinct element method - Development of the distinct element method. Modelling of
discontinuous systems. UDEC.
6. Other numerical methods - Hybrid, or linked, schemes. Modelling granular materials: PFC.
7. Implementation issues - A discussion of the difficulties faced when applying numerical
methods to the solution of real problems in geomechanics.
8. Practical sessions - An introduction to the use of numerical methods through the use of
simple finite element and boundary element programs.
This course is designed to give the student some experience in using the computational
numerical methods in use in rock mechanics today. They should gain an understanding of their
use and understand when the use of each is appropriate.
The course is scheduled for roughly 20 hours of lectures and tutorials. This course is evaluatted
by means of course work.
EMEC - A/RM-02 (AACHEN) Recycling Metallurgy
Lecturer: Prof.dr.-ing. Bernd Friedrich, RWTH Aachen,
Credit points: 2.5
IME Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling, Department and Chair of RWTH Aachen
Intezestr. 3, 52056 Aachen, Germany
phone +49 241 8095851, fax +49 241 8092154
e-mail: [email protected]
Practical support: Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Müller
Course descriptions
Course material
Scriptum will be delivered in the first lectures.
Basis principles of non-ferrous metals production (Al, Cu, Ti, Pb, Zn) and recycling. Including
mass flow analysis, key figures etc.
Giving an overview about production and recycling of the main non-ferrous metals. Calculation
and evaluation of mass- and energy balance of a process-chain, mass-flow-management in
metal recycling, selective oxidation/reduction by fundamental principles of thermodynamics,
improvement of pratical skills in metal practice
Short lectures (10%) and practical courses (90%) in the IME laboratory
Test, report and presentation
Working clothes and shoes (no sport shoes or high heels) must be worn. Safte equipment
(googles, jacket) will be provided.
EMEC - A/WP-02 (AACHEN) WEEE-Recycling
Credit points: 2.5
Lecturer: Dr. J. Julius, room 118, tel +49 24180 95712
Practical support: Dipl.-Ing. S. Striewski, room No. 103b, phone: ++49 241 80 95716
Basic knowledge of mechanical processing in recycling systems
Course material
Detailed lecture notes concerning scrap processing techniques
Within the framework of a case study electronic scrap from dismantled household appliances
mechanically will be processed in order to recover metals like copper and aluminum. In order to
complete the process chain, the copper enriched product from the mechanical recycling process
subsequently will be treated in metallurgical processes. Various excursions will deliver insight of
industrial scale recycling as well as primary raw material processes.
The practical course provides the application of different processing steps thus allowing the
students to gain competent skills in recycling techniques. Moreover, various analytical measures
are employed in order to demonstrate methods for the determination of comminution and
separation efficiencies.
Course descriptions
Chair of Processing and Recycling of Solid Waste
Aachen University of Technology (RWTH)
Wüllnerstr. 2
52062 Aachen
Report and presentation of results of practical course
EMEC - D/EC-00 (DELFT) Mineral Economics
Lecturer: Ir. Hans de Ruiter, room 147, tel 85001
Credit points: 1
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Prof. David Potts, Nottingham University
Ability to work with Excel vs. 7.0 under Windows 95.
Course material
Lecture notes ta/mp3070
After an introduction about the needs for economical analysis tools, the concept of cash flows
and its various items is dealt with, including the difference between cash and non-cash items
and tax matters. Subsequently the present value concept is introduced emphasi-sing the
influence on the profitability of the project. The next subjects are the definition and use of
profitability indicators, like Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return. Finally the effect of
inflation and exchange rate fluctuations is introduced, as well as sensitivity analysis techniques.
The final goal is that the student must be able to evaluate mineral projects and operations by
calculating and comparing the economical parameters of these projects and operations.
The student must first be able to calculate the cash-revenues using production and sales data,
loan-capital and working-capital. Subsequently the cash-expenses must be calculated from
operating & capital cost and tax information available. Depreciation and depletion, being noncash costs, will have to be calculated using straight-line, decline balance and depletion methods.
The student will be able to calculate the resulting cash surplus/deficit through the construction
of a spreadsheet in Excel. The student will be able to calculate the present value of cash
surplus/deficit over the life of the project.
The student must be able to calculate the cash surplus/deficit in Estimate Date Money, Money of
the Day, Constant Value Money end Present Value Money.
The final goal is that the student will have to calculate the Internal Rate of Return and Net
Present Value and has to carry out sensitivity analyses for at least three changing items of the
Using the model in Excel the student should now be able to determine the most feasible option
of the various alternative of the project(s) or operation(s).
Course descriptions
Examination (3 hours), working out a number of problems using computer with Excel vs. 7.0.
EMEC - D/FS-01 (DELFT) Fundamentals of Systems, Flowsheets & Mass
Credit points: 3
Lecturer: Prof. M.A. Reuter, room 141, tel 82903
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: Prof. K. Heiskanen
Satisfactory academic record to date.
Course material
Fundamentals of Systems: Clift R. et al 1978: Bubbles, drops and particles, Academic Press.
Molerus O. 1993:principles of flow in disperse systems, Chapman & Hall.
Flowsheets & Mass Balances: Wills, B.A. (1995) and handouts, BRGM Bilco.
Fundamentals of Systems: Definition of property classes; Population balance equations; Fluid
movement; Navier-Stokes equation, Bernoulli eq. Single particle movement in fluid, Multiple
particle movement in fluid, Particle-particle interactions. Rheology of solid suspensions, Fluent
commercial CFD code.
Flowsheets & Mass Balances: Discussion of various flow sheets by example
BRGM Software Bilco
Give a fundamental knowledge on population balance models and their use in solving primary
and secondary raw materials problems.
To provide a fundamental understanding of the hydrodynamic principles of fluid and particle
movement in meneral processing.
To provide an overview of different flow sheets in minerals processing and hydrometallurgy as
well as do mass balances of the same by date reconciliation.
Learning outcomes:
To understand the principles and ability to solve related problems.
Get a feel for minerals processing and hydrometallurgical flow sheets, mass flow rates in the
same as well as concentrations of elements in the various sections of the discussed industrial
Examination Flowsheets & Mass Balances: 100% Case studies.
Fundamentals of Systems: Teaching will be given during one week period. It will use a
combination of lectures and laboratory based exercises. This module will be used to promote
problem-solving skills.
Course descriptions
EMEC - D/REC-00 (DELFT) Recycling
Lecturer: N. Fraunholcz, room: 120, phone: 81545
Credit points: 3
e-mail: [email protected]
Other lecturers: W.L. Dalmijn, Prof.Dipl.-Ing. U.M.J. Boin, Dr. P.C. Rem, T.P.R. de
Jong, Ir. A. van Schaik.
Practical support: Ir. J. van Houwelingen, Ing. W. Kuilman
General raw materials technology.
Course material
Course notes and articles referenced in the course notes
Material resources and the strategic importance of recycling. Economics
and environmental aspects of recycling. Unit operations for the mechanical recycling of postconsumer products. The course offers an introduction into liberation by size reduction (e.g.
shredding) and physical separation techniques (e.g. heavy-medium separation, gravity
separation, eddy current and magnetic separation). The course deals in a greater detail with
separation techniques on which international literature is scarce, e.g. eddy current separation,
automated sorting by image processing, etc. Furthermore, the course gives an overview on
emerging techniques in mechanical separation, such as separation using X-ray transmission,
inverse jigging of plastics and Magnus separation of metals. In a more or less separate part of
the course, material cycles are dealt with - partly by experts from industry - for glass, steel and
non-ferrous metals, as well as methods of secondary processing of aluminum, copper, zinc and
To provide students with an overview of the technological, economic and
legislative aspects of recycling. Learning outcomes: Understanding the theory and practical
application of unit operations in recycling, such as liberation, mechanical separation and
metallurgical processing.
Lectures, assignments and excursions.
EMEC - D/SAM-00 (DELFT) Sampling and Statistics
Lecturer: Mevr. Dr. R.D. van der Weijden, 104, 88849
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 1.5
Elementary Statistics
Course descriptions
Course material
Reference literature: Taguchi Techniques for Quality Engineering: P.J. Ross
F.F. Pitard: Pierre Gy’s sampling theory and sampling practice
Definition of the inaccuracy with respect to a sample property or a critical value.
Relation between the inaccuracy, the sample size and the particle characteristics.
Influence of particle shape, particle size distribution, liberation
Selection of the reliability in combination with a relevant statistical distribution.
Establishing the unknown quantity; inaccuracy, sample size or a particle property.
Sampling strategies and the selection of sampling equipment.
Significance of variables and interaction between the variables.
Case studies on sampling
Engineers are frequently faced with measuring and optimizing properties of particulate materials.
This requires insight into the sampling strategies and interpretation, as well as knowledge of the
design of experiments.
Learning outcomes:
Insight into the relation between inaccuracy, sample size and particle characteristics; the ability
to select the sample size and sampling equipment; the tools to make decisions based on sample
analyses; perform reconciliation of measured data; modelling sample analyses in order to
identify relevant process variables and interactions between variables
Traditional lectures: 12 hours; Exercises: 4 hours
EMEC - H/COM (HELSINKI) Comminution
Lecturer: Prof. K. Heiskanen
Credit points: 2.5
Course in modelling and simulation
Course material
Schönert K. 1988: Size reduction, in Ullmans Encyclopedia, Ch 5.
Austin L., et al. 1984: Process Engineering of Size reduction: Ball Milling,
Prasher C., 1987. Crushing and Grinding Process handbook, Wiley.
Napier-Munn T., et al. 1996: Mineral Comminution circuits, JKMRC.
Heiskanen K, 1993: Particle Classification, Chapman &Hall
Stress-strain relationship, Particle deformation and fracture mechanics, Elastic, plastic and
viscous behaviour, Energy-size relationships, Breakage kinetics, population balance models,
Equipment: crushing, grinding and fine grinding, Classification basics; balance of forces,
Equipment: wet and dry classifiers, screens, Grinding circuits ( wet and dry), closed grinding
circuits, circulating load
Course descriptions
To provide a fundamental knowledge and understanding of comminution theory and practice
Learning outcomes:
To understand the principles and to be able to select and design equipment and design
comminution circuits
Teaching will be concentrated in two weeks, using a combination of lectures and laboratory
based exercises and assignments
40% lab.reports, 60% final exam
EMEC - H/ECT (HELSINKI) Environmental Control Technology
Lecturer: Prof. R. Zevenhoven
Credit points: 1
Engineering solutions to pollution problems. Classification of hazardous wastes. Air Pollution:
combustion processes; flue gas cleaning (cyclones, filters, scrubbers and precipitators for solids;
oxidation and desulphurization for gases) catalytic converters for exhaust gases. Liquid wastes:
chemical and biological treatments of aqueous effluents, halocarbons and petroleum products.
Solid wastes: tailings dam construction and management
Credit points: 1.5
To be announced
To be announced
EMEC - H/FLO-00 (HELSINKI) Flotation
Lecturer: Dr. Kirjavainen
Other lecturers: visiting lecturers
Credit points: 1.5
Satisfactory academic record to date.
Course descriptions
Course material
Furstenau M. 1985: Chemistry of Flotation, SME.
Stumm W., 1992: Chemistry of the solid-water interface, Wiley
Somasundaran and Moudgil (eds) 1987: Reagents in Mineral Industry,
Schulze H., 1984: Physico-chemical elementary processes in Flotation,
Schubert H., 1996: Aufbereitung fester Stoffe Band II, Deutscher Verlag für
Manning 1995: Introduction to Industrial Minerals, Chapman&Hall,
Levenspiel O. 1972: Chemical reaction engineering, Wile
Basic principles: Hydrodynamics, bubble formation, bubble-particle contact, particle size effects.
Flotation kinetics
Sulphide electro- and surface chemistry:
- surface chemistry of oxides,
- carbonates,
- salt type minerals.
Collectors, activators, depressants, frothers
Flotation practices:
- sulphide ores: porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, complex Cu-Zn-Pb ores
- carbonate-silicate ores,
- apatite, other materials
To provide an understanding of flotation of minerals and recycling material
Learning outcomes:
Understanding the principles and proficiency in the selection and scale-up of equipment
Teaching will be concentrated into two weeks using a combination of lectures and laboratory
40% coursework, 60% final exam
EMEC - H/IC (HELSINKI) Instrumentation & Control
Lecturer: Prof. Jämsä-Jounela
Credit points: 1.5
Course material
Instrumentation in Process Control - E.J. Wightman
Intelligent Instrumentation - G.C. Barney
Process Tomography - R.A. Williams and M.S. Beck
System Modelling and Control - Schwarzenbach and Gill
Programmable Logic Controllers - D. Otter
Course descriptions
Automatic Control Engineering, third edition - F.H. Raven
Applied Digital Control - J.R. Leigh
Modern Control Engineering - K. Ogata
Discrete Time Control Systems - K. Ogata
A Hyper-Manual on Expert Systems - J.A. Meech & S. Kumar
Measurement fundamentals, measurable effects and sensor operation.
Telemetry and signal processing,.
Intelligent instrumentation and process tomography.
Principles of classical and discrete-time control.
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
Distributed control systems (DCS).
Modelling and model based control strategies.
Adaptive control, knowledge based systems and modern machine learning techniques.
Case studies in milling and classification
To engender confidence in the use of advanced instrumentation and modern control techniques
to improve the reliability and economic viability of particulate material processing
Learning outcomes:
Proficiency in the selection of sensors, the application of modern signal processing and control
techniques in the context of particulate systems
Traditional lectures:10hrs, Design exercises: 4hrs; Hands-on laboratories: 6hrs
Industrial case studies: 4hrs, Computer simulation laboratories: 6hrs
50% coursework, 50% exam
EMEC - H/IM-01 (HELSINKI) Industrial Minerals
Lecturer: Prof. Harri Lehto (Helsinki Univ. of Technology)
e-mail: [email protected]
Credit points: 1
General knowledge of chemistry, raw materials technology
Course material
Course notes and references listed in course notes
Occurrence, processing, economics and applications of non-metallic minerals. Salt, soda ash &
chllor-alkali; magnestie, brucite & magnesia; glass; bauxite & alumina; pigments & fillers; hightech ceramics; limestone & dolomite; dimension stone; cement; gypsum; wollastonite; rare
earths, phosphates; borates.
Excursions to production and mineral processing plants
Course descriptions
Fundamental understanding of mining and processing aspects of industrial minerals
Learning outcomes:
To familiarize students with the role of industrial minerals in modern society. To give students an
insight into factors governing the use of a number of the economically more important minerals
and the market for these minerals
Since industrial minerals are functional materials, the development of the necessary functionality
by the correct choice of mineral or selection process route is of primary importance.
EMEC - H/PD-00 (HELSINKI) Plant Design, Case
Lecturer: Prof. K. Heiskanen
Credit points: 3
Other lecturers: Ms. O. Niemelä, visiting lecturers
Satisfactory academic record to date
Course material
Mular A., and Bhappu R., 1980: Mineral processing plant design, SME
Mular A., Jergensen G., 1982: Design and Installation of Comminution circuits, SME
Mular A., Anderson M., 1986: Design and Installation of Concentration and dewatering circuits,
Pre-feasibility study, feasibility study, purchase and procurement procedures, delivery limits, site
and plant design principles, equipment scale-up, costs, environmental aspects
to make a design study on true ore deposit data
- site design: crushing, plant, offices, warehouses, shops, roads, tailing dams
- flowsheet development with mass balances
- major equipment scale-up
- control plan
- plant design; crushing, grinding bay, separation (flotation) section, auxiliary sections.
To provide a fundamental understanding and skill of mineral processing plant design
Learning outcomes:
Basic proficiency in the selection of equipment and plant design
Combination of lectures and assignment work
100% assignment and presentation
Course descriptions
EMEC - H/PP-00 (HELSINKI) Particle and Powder Technology
Lecturer: Prof. K. Heiskanen
Credit points: 1.5
Other lecturers: Prof. B. Scarlett
Satisfactory academic record to date
Course material
Allen T., 1990: Particle size measurement, Chapman & Hall
Lowell S. and Shields J., 1991: Powder surface area and porosity,
Seville et al., 1997:processing of particulate solids, Chapman & Hall
Rumpf H., 1990: Particle technology, Chapman & Hall
Reisner et al., 1978: Bins and Bunkers for handling bulk materials,
Shamlou P.A., 1988: Handling of Bulk solids, Butterworths
Rhodes M., 1990: Principles of Powder technology. Wiley
Powder sampling, particle size distributions, specific surface area, size distribution and area
measurement principles and equipment, porosity, powder characterisation, storage of powders,
theory of silos, fluidization, powder mixing, dusting, pneumatic transport systems, dust
To provide a fundamental understanding of the effects of particulates in multiphase processes.
Learning outcomes:
To understand the principles and ability to solve related problems
Teaching will be given during one week period. It will use a combination of lectures and
laboratory based exercises
40% course work, 60% exam
EMEC - L/HSR (LONDON) Health, Safety & Risk Analysis
Lecturer: to be announced
Credit points: 1
To make students aware of the close relationship between engineering activities and health and
safety, and to understand the social and environmental consequences of these activities.
Principles of occupational safety: the work environment, occupational hazards, hazardous
Course descriptions
materials and environments, collective and personal methods of protection
EMEC - L/HYD (LONDON) Hydrometallurgy
Lecturer: Prof. A.J. Monhemius
Credit points: 2.5
Basic university chemistry, thermodynamics, liquid/solid separation processes
Course material
Jackson E. Hydrometallurgical Extraction and Reclamation.
Habashi F. A Textbook of Hydrometallurgy.
Yannopoulos J.C. The Extractive Metallurgy of Gold.
Biswas A.K & Davenport W.G. Extractive Metallurgy of Copper.
Part I Theory:
Thermodynamics, electrochemical and kinetic aspects of solubilizing valuable metals from
minerals, intermediate and waste products, purification of the leach liquors and recovery of both
the metal(s) and lixiviant. In purification of the leach or waste liquors special attention is given
to precipitation, SX, IX and membrane techniques.
Part II Application and Process Design:
Zn - Conventional RLE process; iron problem in Zn processing; pressure leaching.
Au - Cyanide process; CIP/CIL; heap leaching; refractory gold ores - roasting, pressure and
bio-oxidation; cyanide chemistry and control.
Cu - Leaching of oxide ores; Solvent extraction and electrowinning.
Al - Bayer process for alumina; tube digestor.
Ni - Nickel laterite processing; Ni/Co solvent extraction.
To develop an understanding of the thermodynamic, electrochemical and kinetic principles of
hydrometallurgy and to illustrate the application of these principles and unit operations in
common industrial hydrometallurgical processes.
Learning outcomes:
An understanding of the theoretical principles of hydrometallurgy, application in process design,
including environmental considerations and constraints. Knowledge of the current
hydrometallurgical processes used for the production of important metals such as Zn, Au, Cu, Al
and Ni
Lectures, industrial visits, assignments
50% written exam Part I Theory and 50% Part II Application and Process Design
Course descriptions
EMEC - L/MS (LONDON) Modelling and Simulation
Lecturer: Prof. R.W. Barley (Camborne)
Credit points: 1.5
Course material
tutorial sheets/computer based assignments
Principles of Modelling and Model Building: Realism of models, hierarchy of models, relative
precision, robustness, self-consistency, complexity, modular approach, parameter estimation,
prediction-validation-iteration cycle, transferability, mathematical techniques, generality and
applicability, empirical models vs. theoretical models.
Microscopic modelling of fine particulate processes. Introduction to statistical and force balance
approaches (Monte Carlo methods, Brownian dynamics, Stokesian dynamics, discrete element
modelling). Incorporation of fluid dynamics for process simulation. Computer exercises and case
studies for colloid aggregation, sedimentation of concentrated suspensions, particle fluidization,
particle comminution.
Macroscopic Phenomenological modelling of unit operations. Two major case studies on model
development for particle classification and particle breakage, based on population balance
approaches. Importance of data reconciliation in model validation and development. Data
gathering in a plant environment
Whole plant simulation using commercial design simulators: Strategies for building-up
simulations of entire process. Testing robustness of model fitting. Case Study. Using simulators
to specify equipment and cost estimation. Students will be able to gain experience on simulation
of mineral and industrial mineral processing plant, recycling, combined particle-chemical
processes, soil cleaning, effluent treatment.
Dynamic simultors: Introduction to principles of dynamic simulation based on a commercial
simulator. Use of dynamic simulation for plant optimisation, sensitivity analysis, risk assessment
and scheduling. Case study.
To provide a fundamental understanding of the processes of model building and simulation of
particulate systems
Learning outcomes:
Microscopic methods (statistical mechanics, discrete element modelling, etc.) and macroscopic
methods (empirical/ phenomenological etc.) to gain experience in building and validating models
for unit operations and combining these together to simulate the performance of operating
plant. Extensive use of case study examples is a feature of this module.
Teaching will be concentrated in one week, using a combination of lectures, laboratory
exercises, demonstrations, computer based problem solving, case studies, followed by the
second week when the student will be working on individual assignments to assess the course.
100% course work.
Course descriptions
10. Regulations MSc
10.1 Course and examination regulations Master’s degree
Applied Earth Sciences
Section 1
1. These regulations are applicable to teaching and examinations of the Master’s degree
programme in Applied Earth Sciences at Delft University of Technology, hereafter referred to
as the programme.
2. These programmes are conducted under the responsibility of the Faculty of Civil Engineering
and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology, hereafter referred to as the faculty.
3. For this programme, implementation procedures are in effect that supplement, and are
integral to, these Course and Examination Regulations.
4. The Course and Examination Regulations and the implementation procedures are laid down
by the Dean.
Any terms in these regulations also occurring in the Higher Education and Academic Research
Act (WHW) will have the same meaning as that intended by that Act.
In these regulations, the following terms shall be understood as follows:
a. the Act: the Higher Education and Academic Research Act (abbreviated in Dutch to WHW),
including its subsequent amendments;
b. the programme: the Master’s degree programme referred to in Article 7.3a, subsection 1
under b of the Act;
c. student: anyone enrolled at Delft University of Technology (as a student or “extraneus”) for
purposes of education and/or for taking the examinations and interim examinations that are
part of the programme;
d. practical training: practical exercise as referred to in Article 7.13, subsection 2 under d of the
Act, in one of the following forms:
 writing a thesis;
 writing a paper/completing an assignment, project or technological design;
 completing a design or research assignment;
 conducting literature study;
 completing a work placement;
 taking part in fieldwork or an excursion;
 conducting tests and experiments;
 or participating in another educational activity focused on the attainment of a
particular skill.
e. interim examination: a test of a student’s knowledge, insight and skills with regard to a
particular unit of study, and the assessment of this examination by at least one examiner
appointed for that task by the examinations board.
f. examination: test used by the examinations board to establish whether all interim
examinations that are part of the propedeuse (i.e. first year), bachelor or master phases
have been successfully completed as specified in Article 7.10 of the Act.
g. examinations board: the examinations board as appointed according to Article 7.12 of the
implementation procedures: the implementation procedures integral to the Course and
Examination Regulations and applicable to a specific Master’s programme.
i. working day: each day from Monday to Friday, with the exclusion of official national
j. course calendar: the publication containing all the specific information appropriate to a
specific Master’s course guide named in Article 1.
k. examiner: those appointed by the examinations board for the purpose of taking interim
examinations in accordance with Article 7.12 of the Act;
l. ECTS: credits as specified in the European Credit Transfer System
m. The University: Delft University of Technology
This Master’s programme is intended to achieve the following objective:
1. educate students to a Master in Applied Earth Sciences , regarding the educational goals as
formulated in article 5.
2. admit students to continue their education as a PhD in science.
The Master’s programme in Applied Earth Sciences has the following exit qualifications:
Graduates will:
1. be capable of drawing on a broad and deep scientific knowledge to perform their work in
an analytical fashion;
2. be able to synthesise knowledge and to solve complex problems in a creative way;
3. have the qualities needed for employment in circumstances that require sound
judgement, personal responsibility and initiative, in complex and unpredictable
professional environments;
4. be able to assume leading roles (including management roles) in companies and research
organisations, and be able to contribute to innovation;
5. be able to work in an international environment, showing social and cultural sensitivity
and demonstrating language and communication abilities, which will in part have been
acquired through experience of team work and any study periods abroad;
6. have an awareness of any possible ethical, social, environmental, aesthetic and economic
implications of their work, to which they will act appropriately;
7. have an awareness of their need to update their knowledge and skills.
Graduates will also have a command of the following competencies: Domain and subject-specific
skills and competencies that include
1. the core knowledge and understanding required in the field of Applied Earth Sciences;
2. knowledge of the methods and technical practice in this field of study;
3. relevant theoretical knowledge and methods, including modelling;
4. advanced knowledge of specific areas, depending on their chosen specialization;
5. the specific attitude and way of thinking required in the specific subjects of their field of
6. an awareness of the connections between their field and other disciplines, and the ability
to engage in interdisciplinary work.
The Master’s programme will be provided only on a full-time basis
1. Admission to this programme will be granted to students in possession of a degree issued for
the Bachelor’s programme in all fields issued by the TU Delft.
2. Students who are not graduates of the course specified in paragraph 1 but who are in
possession of a confirmation of admission provided by the faculty will be eligible for
3. To obtain confirmation of admission, a BSc student Applied Earth Sciences must satisfy the
following criteria:
Possess the Propdeuse diploma Applied Earth Sciences and have a minimum of 105 dutch
credit points (150 ECTS credits) and have enough knowledge to attend mastercourses.
4. If so requested by a student who is not in possession of the Bachelor’s degree as specified in
paragraph 1, the examinations board may depart from paragraph 1 by allowing that student
to attend parts of the Master’s programme
1. English shall be the language used for all teaching and examinations.
2. In certain cases, the Dean may depart from paragraph 1 by giving permission, after
consulting the students, for teaching to take place in Dutch: if this is necessitated either by
the specific nature of the organisation, the quality of the course, or the students’ origins and
3. If a student asks to be allowed to take one component, or several components, of an
examination in a language other than English, the terms of the regulations and the
guidelines of the examinations board will be applicable.
Section 2
1. The composition of the teaching programme is laid down in the implementation procedures.
2. The examination for a Master’s Degree is an integral part of the programme. The study load
for this examination totals 84 credits (120 ECTS).
Section 3
1. a. The course shall provide at least two opportunities per year to sit interim examinations:
- the first shall follow immediately after the teaching period in which the relevant
component was taught and completed;
- the second shall be given at the end of one of the other teaching period or otherwise in
the August resit period.
b. The interim examinations referred to under a. shall be held as indicated for the unit of
study concerned in the timetable for the current academic year. At the beginning of each
academic year, a timetable specifying the dates and times of written interim
examinations shall be drawn up and published. Three weeks before each exam period
the definite schedule will be published.
2. In the event that a course component is not taught within the faculty itself, and that there is
therefore no indication of the number of times it is possible to sit an interim examination as
referred to in paragraph 1, the course and examination regulations of the relevant faculty or
degree program will be applicable, provided no decision to the contrary has been taken by the
examinations board.
3. Notwithstanding the provisions of the first clause under 1a, at least two opportunities shall be
given per year to take an interim examination in a course component that has not been
taught in that year.
4. In certain cases the examinations board may, in a student’s favour, allow departures from
the specified number of times that an interim examination can be sat.
The implementation procedures shall specify the order in which the interim examinations will be
taken, or in which students are to participate in practical training.
1. Students who have interrupted their studies, or who have delayed their studies for other
reasons, shall resit any component they passed more than ten years ago.
2. If they so decide, the examinations board may, in a student’s favour, depart from the
provisions of paragraph 1.
1. The interim examinations are set as specified in the implementation procedures. Practical
skills are tested during the hours allocated for practical training.
2. If no specification is made of the way in which an interim examination can be taken, because
that examination applies to a unit of study that is not taught within the faculty, and because
it involves a unit of study that is not specific to students taking part in a programme
administered by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, the relevant conditions in
the Course and Examination Regulations shall be applicable. Each year, the examinations
board under which the interim examination falls shall determine the way in which the interim
examination is to be taken.
3. The appointed examiner may depart from the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 in a student’s
4. Each student with a physical or sensory disability shall be given the opportunity to take all
interim examinations and practical training in a way that, to the greatest possible extent, is
adapted to the disability in question. Under this facility, the form or length of the interim
examinations shall be adapted to the individual situation, or practical aids shall be made
5. The facilities specified in the previous paragraph should be requested by the student
concerned within five weeks of the start of the course. This request should be accompanied
by a medical certificate issued no more than one year previously by a doctor, psychologist or
student counsellor. All requests involving dyslexia should be backed by a recognised dyslexia
testing body.
6. Per year, the form in which each interim examination is to be taken shall be specified in the
course calendar under the unit of study concerned.
7. In case an examination will be taken by more than 1 examinator, the exam committee will
check that both examinators judge the examination according to the same standards and if
necessary they will appoint the responsible examinator.
1. Unless otherwise determined by the examinations board, no oral interim examination shall
involve more than a single student at the same time.
2. All oral interim examinations are public, unless, in exceptional circumstances, the
examinations board or the individual examiner decide otherwise, or if the student has
submitted an objection.
1. Immediately after taking an oral interim examination, the examiner shall announce the
result, and issue the student with the relevant written notification.
2. As soon as possible after a written interim examination, and always within a maximum of 10
working days, the examiner shall declare the results. The examiner shall provide the faculty’s
student administration office with the necessary details. Paying all due attention to the
privacy of individual students, the student administration office shall take responsibility for
the registration, publication and reporting of the results within 15 working days of the
interim examination. In case the examiner is not able to declare the results in time, he has to
inform the student administration office so they can inform the students about the reason of
the delay.
3. If an interim examination is taken neither in writing nor orally, but in another form, the
examinations board shall decide in advance on the way in which students will be notified of
the results, and of the period within which this will occur.
4. When students are provided with written notification of the results of an interim examination,
it shall at all times be made clear that they have the right to inspect the relevant examination
documents (as defined in Article 15), and that they have the right to appeal to the
examination appeals board.
1. For at least one month after the results of a written examination have been announced, it
shall be possible for students to inspect their examination and its assessment. After a
request for inspection has been received, the student concerned shall be provided, at cost
price, with a copy of the relevant work. At the student's request, he/she will be provided with
a copy of the relevant work at cost price.
2. During the period specified in paragraph 1, it is possible for all interested parties to inspect
the questions and assignments of the relevant interim examination, and also the norms
whereby assessment took place.
3. The examinations board may specify that inspection of examination documents will take
place at a predetermined place at no fewer than two predetermined times. The place and
dates shall be stated on the list of results.
If a student can demonstrate that, due to forces beyond his or her control, it was impossible to
be present at the predetermined place and time, a new opportunity shall be provided; if
possible, this shall fall within the period specified in paragraph 1.
1. As soon as possible after the results of an interim examination have been announced,
student or examiner may take an initiative towards discussing the examination, and to
explaining its assessment.
2. For a period of one month, starting on the day following the announcement of the results, a
student who has taken a written interim examination may apply to the relevant examiner to
discuss the work in question. This discussion shall follow at a place and time specified by
the examiner, and always within a reasonable period.
3. If, for whatever reason, the examinations board organises a collective discussion after an
interim examination, there are only two cases in which a student may submit a request of
the type specified in the previous paragraph: either a. by being present at the collective
discussion and by simultaneously providing the motive for the request; or b. when, due to
circumstances beyond his or her control, it was impossible to attend the collective
4. The conditions of the previous paragraph shall also apply if the examinations board or the
examiner provides the student with an opportunity to compare his or her answers with
standard answers.
5. The examinations board may, in a student’s favour, allow deviations from the stipulations of
paragraphs 3 and 4.
Section 4
1. The examinations board can grant students exemption from one or more interim
examinations or practical exercises, if they have satisfied the examiners either with regard
to earlier interim examinations, or with regard to Higher Education examinations, or with
regard to knowledge and skills acquired outside higher education. However, this is possible
only if they satisfy at least one of the following conditions:
a : the interim examination involved a unit of study that, in terms of content and study load,
was equivalent to a comparable university course in the Netherlands or beyond, or at
an institute of professional education (i.e. HBO institute/hogeschool) in the Netherlands.
b: the student can provide proof of knowledge or experience acquired either during a course
provided somewhere other than at a Dutch institute of professional education, or
otherwise during activities conducted in another context.
2. If the relevant examiner has made a fully motivated proposal to this effect, the
examinations board may grant exemption from an interim examination.
Section 5
1. An opportunity to take the Master’s examination shall be provided at least two times a year.
In a meeting held before the start of the academic year, the examinations board shall
establish the dates on which the examinations are to be held. These shall be published in
the course calendar for the programme and year in question.
2. All students can apply to take the examinations as soon as they have fulfilled the conditions
of their course, and have provided the student administration office with proof of the course
components they have passed.
1. At least twice a year, each student shall be sent a written report on the progress he or she
has made over the preceding period.
2. The report referred to in paragraph 1 shall be composed according to the guidelines
established by the Executive Board.
3. The Dean shall be responsible for supervising the progress of all students enrolled on the
course. Such supervision shall include an assessment of the options for study that are
available to students, both inside the programme and beyond it.
Section 6
1. These regulations may be modified in a special decision by the Dean.
2. No decision shall be made in respect of the current academic year, unless, by all reasonable
definitions, it is unlikely to damage the interests of students.
3. No change in the regulations may negatively affect a previous decision made by the
examinations board in respect of a student.
1. In the event that the composition of a teaching programme is modified, or that one of the
Articles of the Course and Examination Regulations is changed, the Dean shall decide on a
transitional ruling, which shall then be published in the implementation procedures.
2. In all cases, this transitional ruling shall incorporate the following:
a. a ruling on the exemptions that are available on the basis of interim examinations that a
student has already passed,
b. the number of times that it is still possible to sit for interim examinations under the
conditions of the old programme,
c. the period for which the transitional ruling will be valid.
1. The Dean shall take responsibility for publicising the following in an appropriate fashion: the
transitional ruling defined in Article 21, and the implementation procedures and the changes
to it.
2. The Course and Examination Regulations and the implementation procedures for each course
shall be incorporated in the Course Guide for Applied Earth Sciences and on the website.
These regulations shall come into force on 1 September 2003.
Implementation procedures for the teaching and
examination regulations appropriate to the Master’s
The Masterprogramme will be scheduled by using the semestersystem as defined by Delft
The composition of the Masterprogrammes 2003-2004 is stated in the Course Calendar 20032004 (chapter 7 and 9)
1. Students may themselves compose an individual study programme that will lead to an
examination. This programme must consist, either in full or for the greater part, of units of
study which are taught on the course they are attending, and may be supplemented with
units taught on other courses or at other universities.
2. Each student desiring to compose a programme of the sort referred to in paragraph 1 shall
submit his or her own proposal, motivating it in full, for the approval of the relevant
examinations board, i.e. at the beginning of the Master’s programme.
No less than two months before they intend to start on a flexible study programme, all students
must submit their proposals for their choices of one or more units of study (as referred to in
Article a) for approval by the examinations board. Each proposal must be accompanied by a
clearly argued motivation.
1. Any decision not to approve the proposal shall be motivated by the examinations board after
the student in question has been given the opportunity of a hearing.
2. The examinations board shall decide within twenty working days of receiving the application,
or, if the application is submitted during an academic holiday, no more than ten working
days after this holiday has ended.
3. The examinations board can adjourn its decision for no more than ten working days. The
student shall be given written notification of such adjournment within the twenty-workingday period referred to in the first sentence of paragraph 3.
4. The student shall receive written notification of the decision without delay.
Students who start their project work and have met the criteria for this phase of their
studies may choose to focus on Technology in Sustainable Development.
If the focus on Technology in Sustainable Development is to be entered on a student’s
diploma supplement, the following units of study must, at minimum, have been attended:
a) a colloquium in sustainable development worth at least two credits (3 ECTS)
b) four units provided by the faculty or elsewhere within the TU Delft, each representing no
fewer than two credits (3 ECTS); these shall be chosen from the following clusters:
- Design, Analysis and Tools (General)
- Design, Analysis and Tools (per discipline)
- Organisation
- Policy and society
Further information on the available units of study can be obtained from the lecturer in
sustainable development.
c) research worth at least 25 credits (36 ECTS)as specified in the course calender shall be
devoted to sustainable development. The contact shall test the problem formulation of the
graduation assignment, and also the influence it has had on the extent to which sustainable
development was integrated into the assignment. The contact shall determine whether the
theme of sustainable development has been sufficiently integrated into the problem
formulation, the execution of the project and the project report.
Within the framework of the project “TU Delft helps reduce the shortage of teachers in Dutch
pre-university education”, students can take part in the course “TU Delft/Teachers for schools”.
This course comprises two parts, a preparatory course and a supervision phase. The total course
leads to the award of six credits (9 ECTS), which should be allocated within the elective subjects.
Obligation to formulate agreements between the thesis supervisor and the student on the
supervision of the thesis project.
The thesis protocol is a supplement to the regulations and rules of the exam committee.
1. The transition rules are valid for all students who have started their studies Applied Earth
Sciences before September 2, 2002.
2. Two exams (in “old style”) will be offered for courses which will not be part of a new
program anymore or for courses which have been changed substantially.
3. Students should follow the program belonging to a nominal study program. In case a student
has a delay in his study progress and he can not take courses which belonged to his program
then he has to request the regulator of his MSc course to define a contract in which is stated
which new courses replace former courses. The student administration needs to have a copy
of this contract.
Laid down by the Dean of the Faculty July 2003, after the approval of the faculty’s Student
Council, and after considering the recommendations provided by the Course committee.
10.3 Regels en richtlijnen van de examencommissie van de
Masteropleiding Technische Aardwetenschappen
Deze regels en richtlijnen zijn van toepassing op de tentamens en de examens in de
masteropleiding op het gebied van Technische Aardwetenschappen, hierna te noemen: de
1. In deze regels en richtlijnen wordt verstaan onder onderwijs- en examenregeling (OER) de
geldende onderwijs- en examenregeling bedoeld in artikel 7.12 van de Wet op het hoger
onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek(WHW):
2. De overige in deze Regels voorkomende begrippen hebben dezelfde betekenis als in de OER
en in de WHW.
De examencommissie bestaande uit tenminste vijf leden, wijst uit haar midden de voorzitter en
de secretaris aan. De voorzitter is belast met de behartiging van de dagelijkse gang van zaken
van de commissie . Binnen de examencommissie zijn de regelaars belast met de behartiging van
de dagelijkse gang van zaken binnen het onder hun coördinatie vallende deel van het
1. De aanmelding voor tentamens geschiedt bij de examenadministratie van de opleiding door
invoering van data in het tentamen-aanmeldsysteem, dan wel bij het niet inwerking zijn
daarvan door overhandiging of inzending van een daartoe door de examenadministratie
beschikbaar gesteld formulier, uiterlijk tot 10 werkdagen voor het tentamen.
2. In bijzondere gevallen kan de examencommissie afwijken van de aanmeldings-termijn, zoals
vermeld in de leden 1 en 4 van dit artikel, mits ten gunste van de student.
3. Alleen die studenten die op de door tentamenaanmeldsysteem of door een eventueel als
alternatief gehanteerd systeem, geproduceerde aanmeldingslijst staan geregistreerd, worden
toegelaten tot het tentamen.
4. Indien een student meent zich op overmacht te kunnen beroepen, dient hij zich uiterlijk twee
werkdagen voor de dag van het tentamen tot de examencommissie te wenden. Door het
overleggen van een door of namens de examencommissie verklaring van aantoonbare
overmacht kan hij alsnog worden toegelaten tot het tentamen.
1. De examencommissie c.q. de aangewezen examinator draagt er zorg voor, dat ten behoeve
van de schriftelijke tentaminering surveillanten worden aangewezen die namens en onder
verantwoordelijkheid van de examencommissie erop toezien dat het tentamen in goede orde
2. De student is verplicht zich op verzoek van of vanwege de examencommissie te legitimeren
met het bewijs van inschrijving van de TU Delft (campuscard).
3. Aanwijzingen van de examencommissie c.q. de examinator of surveillant die voor de
aanvang van het tentamen zijn gepubliceerd, alsmede aanwijzingen die tijdens het tentamen
en onmiddellijk na afloop daarvan worden gegeven, dienen door de student te worden
4. Een student die niet voldoet aan het bepaalde bij of krachtens het tweede en derde lid kan
door de examencommissie c.q. de examinator worden uitgesloten van verdere deelname.
De uitsluiting heeft tot gevolg dat geen uitslag van het betreffende tentamen wordt
vastgesteld. Voordat de examencommissie hiertoe besluit stelt zij de student in de
gelegenheid te worden gehoord.
5. De duur van het tentamen is zodanig dat studenten, naar redelijke maatstaven gemeten,
voldoende tijd hebben om de vragen te beantwoorden.
6. De tentamenopgaven mogen door de studenten na afloop van het tentamen worden
meegenomen. Een uitzondering op deze regel geldt voor tentamens waarbij de opgaven en
antwoorden tezamen dienen te worden ingeleverd.
7. De tentamenruimte mag niet eerder worden betreden dan na toestemming van de
8. Binnen een half uur na de officiële aanvang van het tentamen is het de kandidaten niet
toegestaan de zaal te verlaten. In dringende gevallen kan na dit half uur toestemming
worden gegeven de tentamenruimte tijdelijk te verlaten. Niet meer dan één persoon tegelijk
mag afwezig zijn.
9. Documentenkoffers, tassen, mobiele telefoons e.d. mogen niet naar de tentamenzaal worden
10. Kandidaten dienen zelf voor schrijf-, reken- en tekenmateriaal te zorgen. Uitwerk- en
kladpapier is evenwel aanwezig.
11. Indien bij een bepaald tentamen het gebruik van een rekentuig noodzakelijk is, dient een
dergelijk apparaat te voldoen aan de door de docent opgegeven maximum mogelijkheden;
programmeerbaar rekentuig is in het algemeen niet toegestaan. (Tentamenopgaven dienen
in het algemeen zo te worden opgesteld dat deze met eenvoudig rekentuig kunnen worden
uitgevoerd. Studenten mogen geen voordeel behalen met complexe rekentuigen.)
12. De tekst van de tentamenuitwerkingen mag niet met potlood worden geschreven (tenzij
daartoe van tevoren door de docent toestemming is gegeven).
13. Tijdens de tentamenzitting mogen geen boeken, dictaten etc. worden geraadpleegd (tenzij
daartoe van tevoren door de docent toestemming is gegeven).
14. Indien door een surveillant fraude wordt geconstateerd, wordt gehandeld conform artikel 7,
lid 2 van deze regeling.
15. Alvorens de tentamenzaal definitief te verlaten (niet eerder dan een half uur na aanvang van
de tentamenzitting) dient de kandidaat ten minste het voorblad van de uitwerking, voorzien
van naam en studienummer, aan de surveillant te overhandigen.
16. De surveillant geeft voor aanvang van het tentamen aanwijzingen over hoe te handelen
indien de kandidaat het tentamen voortijdig meent te moeten afbreken.
17. Studenten die menen in aanmerking te kunnen komen voor een afwijkende tentaminering
dienen, conform het bepaalde in artikel 12 lid 4 en 5 van de OER 7 , een met redenen
omkleed verzoekschrift in bij de voorzitter van de examencommissie.
1. Onder fraude wordt verstaan het handelen van een student dat erop is gericht het vormen
van een juist oordeel omtrent zijn kennis, inzicht en vaardigheden geheel of gedeeltelijk
onmogelijk te maken.
2. In geval van fraude als bedoeld in het eerste lid van dit artikel tijdens het afleggen van een
tentamen kan de examencommissie de student uitsluiten van het tentamen.
3. De beslissing inzake uitsluiting wordt genomen naar aanleiding van het verslag van de
surveillant van de door hem geconstateerde fraude.
4. In spoedeisende gevallen kan een surveillant namens de examencommissie tot uitsluiting
beslissen. De examencommissie draagt er zorg voor dat het in het derde lid bedoelde
verslag terstond na afloop van het tentamen op schrift wordt gesteld en in afschrift aan de
student wordt verstrekt.
5. De student kan binnen 20 werkdagen aan de examencommissie verzoeken de uitsluiting
Model-oer masteropleiding
ongedaan te maken. Bij dit verzoek voegt hij een afschrift van het verslag, bedoeld in het
vierde lid van dit artikel, en desgewenst zijn schriftelijk commentaar daarop.
Voordat de examencommissie een beslissing neemt op een verzoek, als bedoeld in het vijfde
lid van dit artikel, stelt zij de student en de examinator in de gelegenheid te worden
De examencommissie beslist binnen 30 werkdagen na ontvangst van het verzoek om de
uitsluiting ongedaan te maken.
Een uitsluiting heeft tot gevolg, dat geen uitslag wordt vastgesteld voor het in het tweede lid
van dit artikel bedoelde tentamen.
In geval van fraude kan de examencommissie de student voorwaardelijk of onvoorwaardelijk
voor de termijn van ten hoogste één jaar het recht ontnemen om tentamens en examens af
te leggen.
De examencommissie c.q. de examinator neemt bij de beslissingen, die hij/zij moet nemen, tot
richtsnoer de volgende maatstaven en weegt bij strijdigheid het belang van hanteren van de ene
maatstaf tegen dat van de andere af:
a. het behoud van kwaliteits- en selectie-eisen van een tentamen;
b. doelmatigheidsniveau, onder meer tot uitdrukking komend in een streven om tijdverlies
voor studenten, die goede voortgang met de studie maken bij de voorbereiding van een
examen of examenonderdeel zoveel mogelijk te beperken.
c. bescherming tegen zichzelf van de student die een te grote studielast op zich wil nemen;
d. mildheid ten opzichte van studenten die door omstandigheden, buiten hun schuld, in de
voortgang van hun studie vertraging hebben ondervonden.
De vragen en opgaven van het tentamen gaan de tevoren bekend gemaakte bronnen,
waaraan de tentamenstof is ontleend, niet te boven. Uiterlijk een maand voor het afnemen
van het tentamen wordt de omvang van de te tentamineren stof bekend gemaakt.
De vragen en opgaven van het tentamen zijn zo evenwichtig mogelijk verspreid over de
Het tentamen representeert de onderwijsdoeleinden naar inhoud en vorm.
De vragen en opgaven zijn duidelijk en ondubbelzinnig.
Geruime tijd voor het afnemen van het desbetreffende tentamen maakt de
examencommissie resp. de examinator bekend op welke wijze uitvoering wordt gegeven
aan het bepaalde in artikel 12 van de OER, met betrekking tot de wijze waarop het
tentamen wordt afgelegd.
Geruime tijd voor het schriftelijk tentamen stelt de examencommissie of examinator de
studenten die daaraan deel willen nemen, in de gelegenheid kennis te nemen van een
schriftelijke proeve van een dergelijk tentamen, evenals de modelbeantwoording en de
normen aan de hand waarvan de beoordeling heeft plaatsgevonden.
Op de cijferlijst staan de voor de vereiste examenonderdelen behaalde beoordelingen
vermeld. De examencommissie/examinatoren dragen er zorg voor dat op de lijst het cijfer
5,5 niet voorkomt. Wanneer een examenonderdeel meer dan éénmaal is afgelegd geldt
het hoogst behaalde cijfer.
Een cijferlijst kan de volgende soorten beoordelingen bevatten:
1. Cijfers vastgesteld door docenten van andere opleidingen van de TU Delft.
2. Cijfers vastgesteld door docenten van de opleiding Technische Aardwetenschappen;
indien een examenonderdeel in twee of meer delen is onderverdeeld kan het eindcijfer
eerst vastgesteld worden wanneer ieder van deze delen met een cijfer 5.0 of hoger is
gewaardeerd. Afronding van de deelcijfers dient op 0.1 punt te geschieden.
Voldoende-beoordelingen (op de cijferlijst met V aangeduid) van bepaalde
examenonderdelen (zoals excursies, praktische oefeningen en praktisch werk), voor
zover deze niet met een cijfer zijn gewaardeerd.
Vrijstellingen (op de cijferlijst met VR aangeduid).
De beoordeling van de cijferlijst tijdens de examenzitting
1. Bij het beoordelen van een examinandus door de betreffende examencommissie
worden incomplete cijferlijsten buiten beschouwing gelaten.
2. Een student zal slagen voor een examen indien hij een complete cijferlijst met
voldoende eindcijfers (6 of hoger) of vrijstellingen heeft.
3. Een student zal voor andere examens dan het afsluitende examen ook slagen indien
zijn cijferlijst aan de volgende voorwaarden voldoet:
a. de complete cijferlijst bevat als laagste eindcijfer één 5; het gemiddelde van de
eindcijfers dient dan tenminste 6,00 te bedragen;
b. de complete cijferlijst bevat als laagste eindcijfers twee 5-en; het gemiddelde van
de eindcijfers dient dan tenminste 6,50 te bedragen.
4. De regelaar formuleert bij wijze van voorstel aan de examencommissie de uitslag van
het examen van de examinandus.
5 De examencommissie is niet gehouden een examinandus af te wijzen die door
bijzondere omstandigheden niet aan de in dit artikel genoemde eisen voldoet. In zo'n
geval motiveert de examencommissie zijn beslissing schriftelijk.
6 In geval een student zoveel vrijstellingen heeft dat het aantal studiepunten per
studiejaar minder dan 21 bedraagt, is het volgende van toepassing: Een specifieke
exameneis ten aanzien van de jaarprogramma’s (1e MSc-jaar) van een vrij programma
is: indien een jaarprogramma uit minder dan 21 studiepunten bestaat (omdat de
student vrijstellingen heeft gekregen) is één 5 (eindcijfer) toegestaan, ongeacht het
gemiddelde. Indien een jaarprogramma uit 21 of meer studiepunten bestaat zijn twee
5-en (eindcijfers) toegestaan mits het rekenkundig gemiddelde 6,50 bedraagt.
1. Uitslagen van stemmingen van de examencommissie geschieden bij gewone meerderheid
van stemmen.
2. Staken de stemmen, dan geeft de stem van de voorzitter van de examencommissie de
doorslag, tenzij het schriftelijke stemmingen betreft.
3. Staken de stemmen bij een schriftelijke stemming, dan vindt eenmaal herstemming plaats;
staken de stemmen weer, dan is het voorstel waarvoor wordt gestemd verworpen.
Een student kan voor het masterexamen het predikaat "met lof" verkrijgen indien de
examencommissie daartoe besluit en aan de volgende voorwaarden is voldaan:
het gemiddelde van de in de uitvoeringsregeling genoemde onderdelen voor het
masterexamen is minimaal een 8 en de lijst bevat geen cijfers lager dan een 6
de studieduur van de masteropleiding van de betrokkene bedraagt ten hoogste 2
het cijfer voor het afstudeerwerk is minimaal een 8.
door de examinatorvan het afstudeerwerk is een “met lof” voorstel ingediend.
Bij het bepalen van de studieduur als bedoeld in lid 1 wordt in ieder geval rekening
gehouden met studievertraging door omstandigheden die een student in aanmerking doen
M.b.t. de termijn voor de bekendmaking van de uitslag van tentamens wordt verwezen naar artikel 14 van de model-oer
komen voor een ondersteuning volgens de Regeling Financiële Ondersteuning Studenten
De examencommissie is te allen tijde gerechtigd een besluit te nemen over het predikaat
"met lof" in gevallen die niet aan het bovenstaande voldoen.
Ten bewijze dat het examen met goed gevolg is afgelegd, wordt door de
examencommissie een getuigschrift uitgereikt. Het getuigschrift wordt getekend door de
voorzitter en de secretaris van de examencommissie.
a. Op het getuigschrift als bedoeld in lid 1 wordt vermeld welke onderdelen het examen
heeft omvat en, in voorkomende gevallen, welke bevoegdheid daaraan is verbonden.
b. Bij het getuigschrift wordt zowel een Nederlandstalige als een Engelstalige cijferlijst
In geval de geëxamineerde tijdens het afleggen van de studieonderdelen blijk heeft
gegeven van uitzonderlijke bekwaamheden kan dit op het getuigschrift worden vermeld
met de woorden met lof. In deze regeling (artikel 11) wordt aangegeven aan welke
voorwaarden de student moet voldoen.
De student die meer dan één tentamen met goed gevolg heeft afgelegd en aan wie, bij het
verlaten van de universiteit, geen getuigschrift als bedoeld in lid 1 kan worden uitgereikt,
ontvangt op zijn verzoek een door de desbetreffende examencommissie afgegeven
1. Een verzoek tot goedkeuring als bedoeld in artikel 7.3 lid 4 van de WHW (vrij
studieprogramma) wordt door de student op een zodanig tijdstip ingediend, dat goedkeuring
redelijkerwijs kan worden gegeven voor het afleggen van het eerste tentamen, de termijnen
waarbinnen de examencommissie beslist (zie artikel 15, lid 1) in acht nemend. Het verzoek
gaat vergezeld van een duidelijke motivatie en, waar mogelijk, van stukken die het verzoek
2. Een verzoek tot goedkeuring als bedoeld in artikel 10, lid 2 van de OER wordt geacht door de
student te zijn gedaan door zich voor een dergelijk tentamen aan te melden. Dit laat onverlet
de eventueel in de OER of de uitvoeringsregeling opgenomen eisen met betrekking tot de
volgorde van afleggen van tentamens.
3. Een verzoek tot vrijstelling voor een tentamen of een praktische oefening als bedoeld in
artikel 17 van de OER wordt door de student bij de examinator ingediend. Een besluit
hierover wordt door de examencommissie genomen na advies van de studieadviseur. De
termijnen waarop beslissingen worden genomen staan in artikel 14, lid 2 van deze Regels en
4. Een verzoek om af te wijken van het te volgen studieprogramma zoals voorgeschreven in de
uitvoeringsregeling wordt door de student op een zodanig tijdstip ingediend, dat goedkeuring
redelijkerwijs gegeven kan worden voor het afleggen van het eerste afwijkende tentamen,
de termijnen waarbinnen de beslist (zie artikel 13, lid 1), in acht nemend.
5. Een besluit goedkeuring te onthouden aan een verzoek als in lid 1, 3 en 4 van dit artikel,
wordt door de examencommissie gemotiveerd genomen, nadat de student in de
gelegenheid is gesteld te worden gehoord. De student kan zich voor raad en advies laten
bijstaan door de studieadviseur.
6. De student wordt van het besluit onverwijld schriftelijk in kennis gesteld. Indien de
desbetreffende examencommissie niet binnen de termijn dan wel de verdaagde termijn,
heeft beslist, wordt de goedkeuring geacht te zijn verleend.
1. Over een verzoek als in artikel 13, lid 1 of lid 4 wordt beslist binnen 40 werkdagen na
ontvangst van het verzoek of, indien het verzoek is ingediend tijdens een academische
vakantie, dan wel binnen een periode van drie weken voorafgaande aan een academische
vakantie, binnen 40 werkdagen na afloop daarvan. De examencommissie kan de beslissing
voor ten hoogste 10 werkdagen verdagen. Van de verdaging wordt, voor de afloop van de in
de eerste volzin genoemde termijn, schriftelijk mededeling gedaan aan de student.
2. Op een verzoek als in artikel 13 lid 3 is het gestelde in het voorgaande lid van toepassing,
met dien verstande dat de termijn ingaat op het moment dat het advies van de
studieadviseur is ingediend. het advies wordt uiterlijk10 dagen na ontvangst van het verzoek
van de student, door de studieadviseur bij de examencommissie ingediend.
1. De onderwijs- en studentenadministratie van de opleiding draagt zorg voor de registratie
van de uitslagen van examens en examenonderdelen en alle overige gegevens betreffende
de voortgang van de studie van de individuele student. Deze administratie registreert tevens
de contracten die door de student met een regelaar zijn afgesloten, de vrijstellingen, de
verklaringen en de getuigschriften die aan de student zijn verleend.
2. Mededelingen omtrent de per student geregistreerde gegevens doet deze administratie
uitsluitend aan de betrokken student, aan leden van de examencommissie, aan
examinatoren, aan de studieadviescommissie, aan de studieadviseur, aan overige
functionarissen van de faculteit die belast zijn met het onderwijs of de begeleiding van de
betrokken student, aan de Centrale Studentenadministratie, aan de studentendecaan en aan
het College van Beroep van de Examens.
1. Schriftelijke tentamens worden afgenomen volgens een rooster dat aan het begin van het
cursusjaar wordt gepubliceerd. De definitieve tijdstippen van de betreffende
tentamenzittingen worden tenminste twee weken voor het begin van een tentamenperiode
namens de examencommissie bekend gemaakt.
2. Wijziging van een in het voorgaande lid bedoeld tijdstip vindt uitsluitend plaats in geval van
3. Bij de vaststelling van de tijdstippen wordt voorkomen dat tentamens die tot hetzelfde
examen behoren gelijktijdig worden afgenomen.
4. Mondelinge tentamens worden op een door de examinator, na overleg met de examinandus
te bepalen tijdstip afgenomen.
5. Het bepaalde in het voorgaande lid is zoveel mogelijk van overeenkomstige toepassing op
tentamens die anders dan schriftelijk of mondeling worden afgenomen.
1. Deelneming aan een schriftelijk tentamen vindt slechts plaats na een formele aanmelding bij
de onderwijs- en studentenadministratie.
2. Binnen de opleiding Technische Aardwetenschappen geldt daartoe een opgave via het
aanmeldsysteem TAS op uiterlijk de 10e kalenderdag vóór de aanvang van de
desbetreffende tentamenperiode.
3. De examinator kan een latere aanmelding alsnog accepteren.
4. Deelneming aan een examen vindt slechts plaats na een formele aanmelding op een daartoe
bestemd aanmeldingsformulier bij de onderwijs- en studentenadministratie van de opleiding
tenminste 14 dagen vóór de desbetreffende vergadering van de examencommissie (zie ook
artikel 7, lid 1).
5. De student die zich wenst terug te trekken voor een tentamen of een examen doet daarvan
zo spoedig mogelijk opgave aan de onderwijs- en studentenadministratie van de opleiding.
Zo spoedig mogelijk na de bekendmaking van de uitslag van een mondeling tentamen vindt
desgevraagd dan wel op initiatief van de examinator een nabespreking plaats tussen de
examinator en de geëxamineerde. Alsdan wordt de gegeven uitslag toegelicht.
Gedurende een termijn van 30 dagen, die aanvangt op de dag na de bekendmaking van de
uitslag van een anders dan mondeling afgenomen tentamen kan de geëxamineerde aan de
desbetreffende examinator om een nabespreking verzoeken. De nabespreking vindt plaats
op een door de examinator te bepalen plaats en tijdstip.
Indien door de examinator een collectieve nabespreking wordt georganiseerd, kan de
geëxamineerde een verzoek als bedoeld in het vorige lid pas indienen indien hij bij de
collectieve nabespreking aanwezig is geweest en zijn verzoek motiveert, of indien hij door
overmacht verhinderd is geweest bij de collectieve nabespreking aanwezig te zijn.
Het bepaalde in het derde lid is van overeenkomstige toepassing, indien de examinator aan
de geëxamineerde de gelegenheid biedt om zijn uitwerking te vergelijken met modelantwoorden.
De voor het afleggen van examenonderdelen en van examens vereiste verslagen dienen tijdig
voor een examenzitting te worden ingeleverd.
Scripties en nevenscripties dienen tenminste een maand voor de examenzitting te worden
ingeleverd; de regelaar heeft de vrijheid deze inleveringsdatum na overleg met de betrokken
student later te stellen.
De examinandus kan de examencommissie verzoeken om alvorens van een in deze regels en
richtlijnen geboden afwijkingsmogelijkheid gebruik te maken, de studieadviseur of
studentendecaan in de gelegenheid te stellen te dienen van bericht en raad.
Tegen beschikkingen van de examencommissie, dan wel van examinatoren alsmede tegen de
behandeling ondervonden tijdens het afleggen van een tentamen of examen, staat gedurende 4
weken nadat deze aan de student bekend zijn gemaakt, beroep open bij het College van Beroep
voor de examens bedoeld in artikel 7.60 WHW.
Geen wijzigingen vinden plaats die van toepassing zijn op het lopende studiejaar, tenzij de
belangen van studenten hierdoor redelijkerwijs niet worden geschaad.
Deze regeling treedt in werking op 1 september 2003.
Vastgesteld door de examencommissie van de masteropleiding Technische Aardwetenschappen,
juli 2003
Regeling afstudeerfase
De afstudeerfase is geregeld in de hieronder gegeven algemene afstudeerregeling.
De student die het grootste deel van de Bachelor vakken heeft gedaan, maakt een vrije keuze
voor een van de Msc/varianten/ afstudeerrichtingen en meldt dat bij de studentenadministratie
(schriftelijk - formulier invullen) en het secretariaat van de afstudeerrichting waar hij/zij tevens
een afspraak maakt voor een oriënterend gesprek met de regelaar of een door de regelaar
aangewezen persoon. Tijdens dat gesprek kan de student informatie en advies krijgen over
keuzevakken, afstudeeronderwerpen etc.
Een student mag pas aan de afstudeeropdracht (hoofdscriptie ta5071) beginnen nadat hij/zij het
Bachelor -examen heeft behaald.
De betrokken afstudeerbegeleider geeft pas toestemming om een aanvang te maken met de
afstudeeropdracht als de student een afstudeercontract, getekend door de afstudeerregelaar kan
De afstudeerregelaar tekent het contract pas als de student een bewijs van de
studentenadministratie overlegt dat het Bachelor programma is voltooid.
Indien de afstudeerregelaar van mening is dat er redenen zijn om van deze regeling af te
wijken, dan kan hij daartoe een verzoek indienen zijn collega-afstudeerregelaars. De
afstudeerregelaars beslissen gezamenlijk.
De student heeft in principe de vrije keuze uit een aantal gebieden/onderwerpen die deels
vermeld zijn in de Papieren Patroon (zoals bij Petroleumwinning) en opvraagbaar zijn bij de
regelaar. In het algemeen gaat bij de afstudeerrichtingen de voorkeur uit naar onderwerpen
binnen het lopende subfacultaire onderzoek. De definitieve keus wordt gemaakt in overleg met
de regelaar en behoeft de instemming van de afstudeerbegeleider(s) (hoogleraar en/of docent).
Daarbij spelen ook de aanleg van de student, de samenhang met de keuzevakken en de
beschikbaarheid van afstudeerprojecten een rol.
Wanneer de student het grootste deel van de eerstejaars MSc vakken heeft behaald en
begint aan het 2e MSc- jaar dient hij/zij opnieuw contact op te nemen met de regelaar,
eventueel na zich binnen de afstudeerrichtingen georiënteerd te hebben bij de diverse
afstudeerbegeleiders (stafleden/hoogleraren) over de keuze van een onderwerp.
Student, begeleider en regelaar stellen in overleg de keuzes van het afstudeeronderwerp en
de keuzevakken definitief vast. Tevens worden het aanvangstijdstip, de wijze van
begeleiding en een streefdatum voor het voltooien van het afstudeerwerk overeengekomen.
Deze afspraken worden vastgesteld in een afstudeercontract dat door student en regelaar
getekend wordt alvorens het afstudeerwerk begonnen wordt.
De formele tijdsduur van het afstudeerwerk kan variëren per afstudeerrichting en per
jaargang/generatie. Voor de precieze termijnen raadplege men de van toepassing zijnde
jaargang van de Papieren Patroon. Deze tijden dienen als noodzakelijke minimumtijden te
worden beschouwd.
6.1 Het afstudeerwerk wordt beoordeeld door een ad hoc afstudeercommissie bestaande uit
tenminste 4 en ten hoogste 6 personen.
6.2 De commissie zal bestaan uit ten minste 2 stafleden van de betreffende afstudeerrichting en
wordt indien mogelijk aangevuld met ten minste 2 deskundigen van buiten de
afstudeerrichting en zo mogelijk van buiten de faculteit.
6.3 De hoogleraar of het staflid onder wiens leiding het afstudeerwerk is uitgevoerd is
verantwoordelijk voor het formeren van de afstudeercommissie.
6.4 Het afstudeerwerk wordt in voltooide vorm tenminste een week voor de datum van het
colloquium aan de commissieleden ter beschikking gesteld.
6.5 De commissie geeft een gemotiveerd oordeel over het afstudeerwerk inclusief de
presentatie daarvan in het colloquium dat door de commissie wordt bijgewoond. De
commissie krijgt tevens de gelegenheid om na het colloquium in een gesloten zitting de
kandidaten vragen te stellen over het afstudeerwerk.
6.6 De commissie adviseert over het toe te kennen cijfer. De vaststelling van het cijfer blijft
echter de exclusieve verantwoordelijkheid van de hoogleraar of het staflid dat als
afstudeerbegeleider aangewezen is.
Indien het afstudeerwerk niet wordt voltooid binnen het studiejaar waarin het werk is
aangevangen dan dient er t.b.v. de uitvoering van de tempobeursmaatregel een tussenpeiling
plaats te vinden, die de omvang van de voortgang van het afstudeerwerk in dat betreffende
studiejaar vaststelt.
Deze tussenpeiling wordt uitgedrukt in eenheden van 10% en wordt bepaald door de
afstudeerbegeleider, met behulp van een formulier dat door de studentenadministratie wordt
De student die het afsluitend examen wil afleggen in september dient zich voor het nieuwe
cursusjaar in te schrijven tenzij hij alle examenonderdelen, inclusief het afstudeerwerk en het
colloquium vóór of op 31 augustus voltooid heeft. De examencommissie heeft de
afstudeerdocenten gemaand om aan afstudeerders die hun voltooide scriptie 6 weken vóór de
datum van de examenvergadering inleveren, de gelegenheid te bieden het colloquium te houden
vóór 1 september.
10.5 Afstudeerprotocol
 Enige tijd voordat de student(e) wil starten met afstuderen, meldt hij/zij zich bij de
(uitvoerend) regelaar voor een oriënterend gesprek over afstuderen. Contact met de
(uitvoerend) regelaar is bovendien nodig voor afspraken m.b.t. keuzevakken (4e jaar) en
“vrije ruimte” (5e jaar). De keuze voor een afstudeeronderwerp wordt uitsluitend beperkt
door het aantal beschikbare onderwerpen en door de beschikbaarheid van de potentiële
 Onder afstuderen in het buitenland wordt verstaan het volgen van onderwijs en het uitvoeren
van het afstudeerwerk aan een buitenlandse universiteit onder jurisdictie van de faculteit TA
van de TUD.
 Afstuderen bij een bedrijf is alleen toegestaan als het te bewerken onderwerp binnen een
onderzoekslijn van de opleiding valt en wanneer de afstudeerder vanuit de opleiding op een
minstens wekelijkse basis begeleid wordt.
 Het bewerken van afstudeeronderwerpen aan universiteiten waarmee een uitwisselingsovereenkomst bestaat is toegestaan maar behoeft vooraf de goedkeuring van de
 Met het afstudeerwerk mag niet worden begonnen alvorens aan de voorwaarde is voldaan
dat het BSc diploma is behaald en van het eerste MSc jaar niet meer dan 8 studiepunten
open staan).
 Nadat een onderwerp en een begeleider zijn gekozen, wordt een omschrijving
afstudeerscriptie gemaakt (voor format zie onder). Deze omschrijving kan worden opgesteld
door de begeleider, door de student of door beiden. De begeleider (of, in het geval van meer
begeleiders, de hoofd-begeleider) is echter primair verantwoordelijk voor de inhoud. De
omschrijving wordt ondertekend door student(e), begeleider(s), en, indien deze akkoord is,
(uitvoerend) regelaar. Het origineel blijft bij de (uitvoerend) regelaar, de overige
betrokkenen ontvangen een kopie.
 De omschrijving afstudeerscriptie is een onderdeel van het afstudeercontract. Hiervoor is de
(uitvoerend) regelaar verantwoordelijk. In dit contract worden vermeld de gegevens van de
afstudeerscriptie (titel, begeleider(s), startdatum) en relevante gegevens van het
studieprogramma van de student(e) (invulling keuzevakken en vrije ruimte, eventueel
gegevens over afwijkingen van het programma). Het afstudeercontract wordt ondertekend
door student(e) en (uitvoerend) regelaar. Het origineel blijft bij de (uitvoerend) regelaar, de
student(e) ontvangt een kopie. Een kopie wordt eveneens naar de TA studentenadministratie
 Na het tekenen van het afstudeercontract kan met de afstudeerscriptie worden begonnen.
Voor zover er nog geen duidelijkheid is over plaatsruimte, beschikbaarheid van een computer
etc. wordt de student(e) verwezen naar de persoon/personen, die hiervoor verantwoordelijk
is/zijn. Tevens meldt de afstudeerder zich, indien er experimenten zullen gaan plaatsvinden
bij de betreffende zaalbeheerder om te overleggen over:
- de plaats van zijn/haar opstelling.
- de plaats waar zijn/haar monsters worden opgeslagen.
- orde en netheid op het lab.
- het afvoeren van afvalstoffen.
- het achterlaten van het lab na het afstuderen.
 Maandelijks wordt door de afstudeerder aan zijn/haar begeleider gerapporteerd over de
voortgang van het werk.
 Vóór het afstudeercolloquium dient tweemaal een voordracht van maximaal 20 minuten te
worden gegeven: de eerste na ongeveer 150 studiebelastingsuren met een grove planning; de
tweede na ongeveer 900 uren (totaal globaal 1200 studiebelastingsuren voor het afstuderen).
 Na 400 uur of later beslissen de afstudeerder en zijn begeleider of over het afstudeerwerk
uiteindelijk in een afstudeerverslag of in een te publiceren artikel wordt gerapporteerd. Wanneer
in de vorm van een artikel wordt gerapporteerd dienen de aan het artikel ten grondslag liggende
meetgegevens in een goed nawerkbaar labjournaal vastgelegd te zijn
 Van het verslag wordt eerst een inhoudsopgave gemaakt Deze inhoudsopgave dient door de
begeleider en de afstudeerhoogleraar goedgekeurd te worden alvorens met het schrijven van
het verslag begonnen wordt. Het verslag wordt 1x door de begeleider en 1x door de afstudeerhoogleraar gecorrigeerd. Het verslag wordt geschreven conform de richtlijnen van de cursus
schriftelijk rapporteren wm0206ta.
 Het verslagcijfer wordt pas aan de administratie doorgegeven als de verslagen zijn ingeleverd en
labsanering heeft plaatsgehad.
 De student(e) voert de afstudeerscriptie uit onder verantwoordelijkheid van de begeleider(s).
Uiteindelijk schrijft hij/zij een verslag, houdt een colloquium en verkrijgt cijfers voor werk en
colloquium van de voorzitter van de afstudeercommissie, dit alles volgens de regels
omschreven in de Papieren Patroon TA.
 Betreffende het colloquium geldt: ruim voor de colloquiumdatum dient de student(e) zich te
melden bij het secretariaat van de betreffende afstudeerrichting, opdat er gelegenheid is het
colloquium aan te kondigen via e-mail en op publicatieborden.
 Alvorens de ingenieursbul kan worden uitgereikt, dient er een eindversie van het
afstudeerverslag te zijn, moeten alle geleende boeken en sleutels zijn ingeleverd etc. Hiertoe
dient de student(e) door de betreffende personen een checkout-list af te laten tekenen. Deze
lijst is verkrijgbaar bij de TA studentenadministratie. Het afstudeerverslag dient te zijn
voorzien van een rapportnummer (voor dit nummer contact opnemen met het secretariaat
van de sectie).
 Naam student(e) plus studienummer.
 Titel afstudeerscriptie.
 Naam/namen begeleider(s).
 Startdatum.
 Streefdatum einde scriptie.
 Omschrijving (ca. halve pagina A4). De omschrijving moet omvatten: korte inleiding over het
onderwerp, doelstelling(en) van de scriptie, en korte omschrijving werkprogramma.
 Datum.
 Namen ondertekenaars (student, begeleider(s), (uitvoerend) regelaar).