Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Geotechnical Design

Use the principles of soil mechanics principles to design and analyse slopes, retaining walls, and foundations.

This course builds on 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.

We'll use examples to demonstrate the applications of concepts, principles, and theories of the design of geotechnical structures. The course also:

  • develops the design skills of geotechnical engineers
  • introduces examples of geotechnical construction techniques
  • introduces the role of numerical software in geotechnical design

Who is the course aimed at?

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

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course dates
  • Monday 12 - Friday 23 November 2018 (duration 10 days): dates not confirmed

Objectives and Outline

Geotechnical Design

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished the course, you'll be able to:

  • demonstrate your 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 your understanding of computer based design and analytical methods through 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

The course provides an introduction to the detailed design of key geotechnical structures. It introduces numerical software and its role in the design process. You'll 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.
Course dates
  • Monday 12 - Friday 23 November 2018 (duration 10 days): dates not confirmed

Further Information

Geotechnical Design


Course content

To attend the course, you should have knowledge/experience equivalent to the content of the following Modules:

Prerequisite knowledge

To attend the course, you should 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 Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

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.


Geotechnical Design


Newcastle University


Geotechnical Design


  • Geotechnical Design
    • £2235 (duration 10 days)

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 £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.