Advanced Soil Mechanics and Structures


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in Material Modelling in Civil Engineering.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Must know how to interpret and determinate geotechnical design parameters based on cone penetration tests, and advanced laboratory tests (oedometer and triaxial tests).
  • Must have knowledge about upper and lower bound method.
  • Must have knowledge about deformations calculation of geotechnical structures.
  • Must have knowledge about design of vertically and horizontally loaded piles and pile groups.
  • Must have knowledge about constitutive models for soil and calibration of these models from relevant laboratory tests.
  • Must have knowledge about numerical methods (FEM-based).
  • Must know how to analyse geotechnical structures using FEM based methods, e.g deep excavations or temporary geotechnical constructions.  


  • Must be able to design and interpret advanced in-situ and laboratory test programs.
  • Must be able to explain and use advanced constitutive models used to model soil response.
  • Must be able to design vertical and horizontal loaded piles and pile groups.
  • Must be able to analyse geotechnical structures using FEM based methods, e.g. deep excavations or temporary geotechnical structures.     


  • Be able to participate in dialog on modelling of advanced soil mechanics
  • Be able to model, calculate, communicate and performe advanced numerical analysis of geotechnical structures.
  • Application of proper terminology in oral, written and graphical communication and documentation within Soil Mechanics.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examAdvanced Soil Mechanics and Structures
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual oral or written exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleVideregående geoteknik
Module codeB-BK-K2A-8
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Structural and Civil Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science