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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering 

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What is Geotechnical Engineering?

Geotechnical Engineering is about how to build on, in or out of soil and rock. Geotechnical engineers design building foundations for structures on land and on the seabed, such as high-rise buildings and bridges and offshore installations such as platforms, windmills, pipelines and bottom structures.

The Geotechnical engineering group at NTNU has a focus on Computational Geotechnics complimented by extensive field work and advanced testing of geomaterials. The research aims for safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective solutions for the built infrastructure. Research encompasses roads, railways, harbours and complex deep-underground city construction. Offshore Geotechnics for oil and wind energy is another important field of application, which builds on the extensive expertise developed at NTH/NTNU for the oil exploration since the 1970’s.

In Norway a lot of infrastructure is built on challenging soils, where soft and often quick clays (extremely collapsible clay) require advanced geotechnical engineering. Norway has been among the leading countries for developing geotechnical engineering since the 1950’s. Today, climate change amplifies the demand for geotechnical engineering due to increased risks of flooding, rock fall and landslides.


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Seminar based courses in Geotechnics at PhD level

We offer two large seminar based courses at PhD level at our research group. 
The courses are taught in English, and are made up by intensive lecturing in combination with exercises. The courses are offered in the fall semester alternating years. Normally top international guest lecturers gives parts of the courses. 

Both courses has 10 ECTS credit hours


BA8305 Geodynamics - Next course fall 2019

The course provides the necessary background for estimating the dynamic response of foundations and vibrations in soils.

The course is planned for 23.-26. September at NTNU in Trondheim and 28.-31. October in Oslo.
Information folder for 2019 fall course


BA8304 Soil Modeling - Next course planned fall 2020

Finite element based computer codes for geotechnical analysis are today frequently used in design by consulting engineers. This course provides a background for development and application of soil models in such computer tools.

The specific program for fall 2020 will be posted here early spring 2020.
This is the information folder for fall 2018
Link to official study plan BA8304


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Steinar Nordal

Specializing in Geotechnics?

Specializing in Geotechnics?