TBA4116 - Geotechnical Engineering, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Hjemmeeksamen 100/100 4 hours

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. The course aim for using advanced digital tools.

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

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Digital exam with 3rd party software. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

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
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

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: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Hjemme-eksamen (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Hjemme-eksamen 100/100 INSPERA
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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation

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