Numerical Simulation in Accordance with Geotechnical Design Codes

Numerical Simulation in Accordance with Geotechnical Design Codes

Webinar Presentation (pdf)

Webinar Recording (WebEx)

Answers from the Q&A Session

Note: The presentation and recording are only available to NAFEMS members.


Advantages to verifying ultimate limit state (ULS) by numerical simulation include the checking of multiple failure forms that are not pre-determined and more accurate constitutive modelling. However, geotechnical simulation is particularly challenging due to the high non-linearity of ground constitutive behaviour and interactions with stiff structures. The next generation of the European geotechnical design standard Eurocode 7 will be the first to cover numerical simulation specifically and this webinar will provide an overview of the new rules and the reasoning behind them, together with worked examples.

This webinar was available for free to the engineering analysis community, as part of NAFEMS' efforts to bring the community together online.

About the presenter ...


Andrew Lees PhD CEng MICE

Andrew is Senior Application Technology Manager at Tensar International, Director of Geofem and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. He has 20 years of experience in the practical application of numerical simulation in geotechnical design. He helped redraft the forthcoming revised Eurocode 7, focussing on its new treatment of numerical simulation, and has published papers and textbooks covering this field. He is a member of the NAFEMS Geotechnical Committee, founding member of the Professional Simulation Engineer scheme and coordinated the European COGAN project on improving competency in geotechnical numerical simulation.