Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Overall Course Objectives

To enable the participants
– to analyse and design complex geotechnical structures among others piles and pile groups, laterally loaded piles, ground anchors and various types of earth pressure loaded structures
– to elaborate on the numerical methods employed to solve deformation and failure problems for selected geotechnical structures.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the soil properties that are relevant for designing a pile
  • Calculate the axial and lateral capacity of single piles using state-of-art methods
  • Apply numerical methods for lateral pile response
  • Evaluate and compare analytical and numerical methods for pile response
  • Design 3D pile groups and determine group efficiency
  • List the different types of retaining walls and the applicable support measures
  • Design and optimize a retaining system using analytical and numerical methods
  • Calculate the bearing resistance of support measures for a retaining wall
  • Estimate the settlements due to deep excavations
  • Assess the building damage due to induced soil displacements
  • Review the numerical methods, e.g. finite element method, which are employed to analyse soil-structure interaction problems for various geotechnical structures
  • Evaluate the results of field tests and select characteristic values

Course Content

Piles, braced excavations, anchors. Numerical methods in soil mechanics (incl. finite element method).

Recommended prerequisites

11411/11463/11462/11464/12411/12412/12421, Basic soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. Classical design of earth-retaining structures. Constitutive modelling. Basics of finite element method. Basics of reinforced concrete design.

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises, projects



This course is intended for students interested in advanced geotechnical engineering, especially with focus on marine structures and large infrastructure projects

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10, Maximum: 100.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12422
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Tues 13-17

7.500,00 DKK

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