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Improve Your Soil Modelling Skills:

Attend 2015 Standard Course on Computational Geotechnics

This popular training programme will help you model geotechnical design problems accurately and efficiently using finite element analysis (FEA) techniques. Featuring lecturers from leading universities and consultants, the course is a mixture of theory and practical workshops based on PLAXIS – the leading simulation program for geotechnical applications.

Event Details

Start Date/Time 22 Jun 09:00
End Date/Time 26 Jun 17:00

This international course has been organised annually by Wilde in the UK for over 10 years, helping hundreds of geotechnical engineers involved in design and analysis. Each year it is well attended by participants from consulting and contracting companies, public work bodies and universities. As usual, the forthcoming course consists of a balanced mixture of lectures and “hands-on” computer-based workshops. The lectures will focus mainly on soil behaviour and advanced methods in geotechnical engineering. Subjects such as embankments and deep excavations will be illustrated by practical case studies. This way, the course offers an introduction to the modelling of geotechnical problems that are encountered in day-to-day engineering practice. 

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Introduction Day

The introduction day is scheduled for Monday 22nd June before the Standard Course commences on the Tuesday. This optional day is intended for those who have little experience in using Plaxis and would like to become familiar with the software before the actual course starts. The computer exercises are performed with the PLAXIS 2D code, which is widely acknowledged to be quick and easy to use. Teaching and tutoring will focus on geotechnical aspects, which allows for the short course format of three days.

Topics included in the Introduction Day:

  • Concepts of PLAXIS 2D Footing on elasto-plastic soil 
  • Structural elements in Plaxis Meshing 
  • Initial stresses modelling groundwater in Plaxis. 

What You Will Learn During the Standard Course

How to apply the finite element method (FEM) for efficient and accurate stress and deformation analysis and stability assessment. The computer exercises are performed with the PLAXIS 2D code. As a consequence of the easy program operation, teaching and tutoring will focus on geotechnical aspects, which allows for the short course format of three days.

Topics Included in the Training Course:

  • Plasticity and Mohr Coulomb model 
  • Introduction to the Hardening Soil model 
  • Soil Stiffness parameters for HS model 
  • Excavations in Plaxis 
  • Drained and undrained behaviour 
  • Non-linear analysis 
  • Embankments and dams 
  • Consolidation and phi/c reduction 
  • Reinforced and unreinforced embankment with consolidation 
  • Modelling groundwater flow in Plaxis Rapid draw down.

Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at practicing geotechnical and civil engineers who wish to learn more about finite element analysis (FEA) techniques applied to geotechnics, including: Current users of Plaxis and other finite element analysis (FEA) programs who would like a deeper understanding of numerical modelling and how to use their existing tools more effectively and Engineers new to finite element analysis (FEA) who wish to learn more about how soil modelling can help solve their geotechnical design problems through software and/or consulting services.

Course Fee

• Standard Course on Computational Geotechnics 23-26 June: EUR 1,250
• Introduction Day 22 June: EUR 550
• Full Course Package 22-26 June: EUR 1,500


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Selected Testimonials from 2014 Course

“The course was a great introduction to the software and its application to everyday problems.” UTEC Geomarine Limited

“It is a great course to take the ability of the engineer, who is already familiar with Plaxis to the next level of analysis with more complex models and have confidence in their ability to do so.” Bryne Looby Partners

“An interesting and enlighting introduction to the use of FE in geotechnical analysis and design practice.” Hyder Consulting (UK) Limited


Event Type: Course
Location: Manchester UK
Date: June 22, 2015