TBA5155 - Foundations and Slopes


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Theory and principles of slope stability evaluation is covered. Factors influencing stability are discussed. An introduction to submarine slides, effect of earthquakes and non-saturated soil is given. Design of direct foundations, supported walls, piled foundations and reinforced soil structures are addressed. The design philosophy of relevant Eurocodes is discussed. Calculation methods ranging from simple estimates and traditional limit equilibrium methods to finite element simulations are applied.

Learning outcome

Knowledge The candidate should have knowledge of: - Landslide classification - Quantitative assessment of slope failure risk under various soil conditions such as drained, undrained, saturated or unsaturated. - The implication of earthquake loads on slope design - Foundation types (deep and shallow) and their range of application - Foundation design requirements and procedures - Finite Element and limit equilibrium analyses for foundations and slopes. - Design philosphy of Eurocode Skills The candidate is able to: - Identify different types of slope failures and possible reasons that lead to failure - Explain the difference between limit equilibrium and finite element analysis - Assess slope stability through limit equilibrium, finite element and hand calculations - Perform earthquake analyses for slopes (time history and simplified) - Perform serviceability and limit state design calculation for spread footings and piled foundations by use of limit equilibrium, finite element and hand-calculation methods. General competence The candidate can: - Independentplanning of own activity - Work in teams - Communicate orally and in writing - Demonstrate analystical competence, master relevant methods and make critical evaluations.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, project work with practical field and laboratory exercises. Calculation by hand, by use of LEM-code SLIDE and by use of FEM-code PLAXIS.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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 the geotechnical division.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2022-05-30 09:00
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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