TBA4116 - Geotechnical Engineering, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Midterm
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Semester assignment 30/100 D
Written examination 70/100 3 hours D

Course content

The course focuses on practical application of the finite element method in geotechnical engineering with emphasis on problem definition, input parameters and evaluation of results. Various elasto-plastic material models for soils are described, discussed and applied. The students shall in exercises run advanced numerical simulatioons of soil structure interaction. The exercises cover simulations of laboratory tests for parameter determination, embankments on soft ground, foundations and supporting structures. Seepage, consolidation and time dependent settlements are included.

Learning outcome

The course aims to strengthen the theoretical platform, perform advanced numerical analyses and provide insight for solving practical geotechnical problems.
The candidate should have knowledge of:
- Performing advanced finite element simulations for geotechnical design
- Understanding soil structure interaction
- Dealing with coupled analysis of groundwater flow, excess porepressures and deformations over time.
- Evaluating slope stability using the finite element method
- Considering the effect of creep
- Selecting appropriate soil parameters for elastoplastic constitutive models
- Critically evaluating and checking results from the numerical simulations, partly by application of and comparison to appropriate estimates by hand.

The candidate is able to:
- Identify geotechnical challenges in a project and propose relevant models for design
- Apply an advanced commercial finite element software package
- Be aware of possibilities, limitations and pitfalls in using such software packages
- Report results from advanced simulations.

General competence
The candidate can:
- Make sound engineering judgments with a special focus on numerical simulations in geomechanics
- Develop sustainable solutions for our built environment
- Compose clear presentations of the projects
- Work in teams.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of a combination of lectures, tutoring in front of computers and exercises. The exercises shall be made by groups of two students where use of the computerprogram Plaxis is essential.

Compulsory assignments

  • Øvinger

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Lecture notes from Geotechnical Division, NTNU.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TBA4516 7.5 01.09.2010
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2018

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Examination arrangement: Written examination and Midterm

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Semester assignment 30/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Semester assignment 30/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 D 2018-12-13 15:00
Room Building Number of candidates
SL271 Sluppenvegen 14 0
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 0
SL310 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 0
Summer UTS Written examination 70/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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