Geotechnical Design

"An excellent course for those who work in Geotechnical Engineering but don't have a geotechnical degree such as geology."

Geotechnical Design

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  • 31 October 2016
    (10 days: Date not confirmed)
  • Delivered during the working week (Monday to Friday)

Geotechnical Design

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This course builds upon basic soil mechanics principles and demonstrates how they are used for the design and analysis of slopes, retaining walls and foundations, with references made to codes of practice currently used in industry. The course will:

  • demonstrate through examples the applications of concepts, principles and theories of the design of geotechnical structures;
  • develop the design skills of geotechnical engineers;
  • introduce examples of geotechnical construction techniques;
  • introduce the role of numerical software in geotechnical design.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, delegates will be able to:

  • demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, and theories of the principle of the design of geotechnical studies;
  • solve problems requiring a geotechnical solution based on an assessment of the key issues, a synthesis of possible solutions and use of appropriate tools;
  • demonstrate their understanding of computer based design and analytical methods through their use in a design exercise.
  • demonstrate creative and innovative ability through application of essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of geotechnics to produce optimum solutions to geotechnical problems;
  • understand the design process.

Course Outline

This course provides an introduction to the detailed design of key geotechnical structures. It introduces numerical software and its role in the design process. Delegates will perform a detailed design exercise using numerical software to produce an element of the design solution. Other topics covered include:

  • Principles of design of foundations, slopes and retaining walls: failure mechanisms, forces, partial factors;
  • Shallow foundations: methods of construction design based on presumed values, theory, and in situ tests;
  • Piled foundations: methods of construction, design of compressive, tension and lateral piles;
  • Slopes: failure mechanisms, stability analyses, stabilisation and asset management;
  • Structural walls: actual and theoretical behaviour, groundwater and earth pressure on rigid structures, design of gravity and sheet pile walls;
  • Computer design and analysis.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is suitable for civil engineers with a basic knowledge in soil mechanics.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Geotechnical Design
    • £2150

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).


Course content

It is anticipated that delegates who attend the course will have knowledge/experience equivalent to the content of the following Modules:

Prerequisite knowledge

It is anticipated that delegates who attend the course will have a reasonable level of knowledge of the following topics:

  • Suitable undergraduate degree qualification in an engineering, geosciences or geotechnical field

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8208) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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