Title of the Programme
The programme shall be Bachelor of Engineering in Geotechnical Engineering B.Eng. (BGE)
The recent concerns for energy and the environment have led to increased activity in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. The practice of Geotechnical Engineering requires a knowledge of geology, soil and rock mechanics, and experience. Geotechnical Engineering at IST BURKINAFASO focuses on soil mechanics, which concerns the engineering behavior of soil and its application to the design and performance of earth and earth-supported structures. These studies involve the measurement of stress-strain, strength and permeability properties of soil and the development of theories based on these measured properties to predict the response of structures to static and dynamic loading. Environmental Geotechnics emphasizes the geotechnical and environmental aspects of contaminant management, by considering the characteristics of contaminants and the problems encountered in designing and constructing facilities to manage or contain them. Although geotechnical engineers involved in waste management issues must be increasingly aware of the inter-disciplinary nature of their undertakings, an understanding of soil behavior, waste characteristics and contaminant-soil interaction is a basic building block for more specialized studies.
Geotechnical engineers apply scientific principles and engineering methods for developing civil engineering infrastructure on the surface and within the ground including prediction, mitigation and prevention of geological hazards. The major in geotechnical engineering is unique in Burkina Faso and designed to meet the demands of mining companies, geotechnical consultations and construction managers, who look for graduates with a qualification in geotechnical engineering. The courses offered as part of this major will extend fundamental knowledge of the geotechnics of soils and rock to explore more complex processes, such as those associated with tunnels, mining operations, dams, roads, underground structures and waste management facilities.
Combined with our graduate program, students will be equipped with the background knowledge and training to analyze, design, and construct structures, and to provide solutions to problems in geotechnical engineering and environmental geotechnics.