Ground Improvement Techniques

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Ground Improvement Techniques

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The course introduces delegates to the concepts underpinning a range of ground improvement techniques and an appreciation of how these techniques are applied in practice. Upon completion of the course, delegates will have gained the ability to identify appropriate techniques for a range of ground and site conditions.

The course will provide an introduction to a range of ground improvement techniques; the principles behind how the techniques 'work', for which soils they are appropriate and how they are installed or constructed. Where relevant, the principles of design are introduced.

Course Objectives

Delegates will gain an understanding of the concepts behind a range of Ground Improvement Techniques, and be able to identify appropriate techniques for a range of ground and site conditions.

Course Outline

  • Mechanical methods: compaction, explosives, vibroflotation, vibroreplacement;
  • Hydraulic methods: groundwater lowering, preloading, electro-osmosis
  • Physical/chemical methods: admixtures, grouting, freezing
  • Inclusions: geosynthetics, reinforcements.

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 aimed at anyone wishing to gain a broad introduction to Ground Improvement who have some knowledge/experience of ground engineering. It is not aimed at specialists or those wishing to gain an in-depth knowledge of one particular technique.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Ground Improvement Techniques
    • £1275

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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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 CEG8204) 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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