Advanced Geotechnical Design





Offered by

Civil Engineering




For exchange/transfer students:
General admission requirements and and basic knowledge about soil mechanics/geotechnical engineering.

Main purpose

The purpose of the course is to acquire knowledge of how to investigate the serviceability limit state of geotechnical structures and how to monitor deformations of retaining walls.
Furthermore, the purpose is to achieve knowledge on how to design retaining walls with more anchor levels.


Following completion of the course, the student has knowledge of:
– Parameter and sensitivity analysis
– Serviceability limit state design of geotechnical structures
– Retaining walls with more anchor levels
– The content of a geotechnical design report
– Risk assessment in relation to e.g. CSM procedure
– Inclinometer measurements


After completion of the course, the student must have the skills to:
– Design retaining walls with more anchor levels/support levels in ultimate limit state and serviceability limit state
– Examine the serviceability limit state for excavations
– Perform a parameter and sensitivity analysis to determine the effect on the design
– Perform calculations in e.g. Plaxis


After the course, the student will be able to apply knowledge and skills to:
– Design retaining walls with more anchor levels (Ultimate limit state) and evaluate the deformations (serviceability limit state) according to Eurocodes.
– Report the design in a geotechnical design report
– Evaluate the results from the parameter and sensitivity analysis in order to select the parameters for the calculations
– Critically evaluate the results from e.g. Plaxis calculations



Teaching methods and study activities

4 lessons per week for 14 weeks will be implemented, corresponding to a 137,5-hour workload for the student. Study activities are:
– Lectures
– Consultations
– Independent study
– Exercises
– Course assignments

Student Activity Model
CATEGORY 1 (Participation of lecturer and students, Initiated by the lecturer) (25%)
34 hours varying between lectures, exercises and course assignments (as consultation)
CATEGORY 2 (Participation of students, Initiated by the lecturer) (65%)
Homework, course assignments, self-study, (89 hours).
CATEGORY 3 (Participation of students, initiated by students) (10%)
Comprise freedom in choosing method to work with course assignments, self-study etc. (14 hours)
CATEGORY 4 (Participation of lecturer and students, initiated by students) (0 %)


– DS/EN 1997
– DS/EN 1993-5
– Niels Krebs Ovesen, Leif Fuglsang, Gunnar Bagge m.fl.: Lærebog i Geoteknik, 2. udgave, 1. oplag, 2012, Polyteknisk Forlag
- Manuals and tutorials from Plaxis
– More information will be given during the course




Type of examination:
A grade is given based on course assignments and tests.
Course assignments counts 80% of the final grade and tests counts 20%.
Allowed tools:
Not applicable
If failing the course (1st try), the student is provided with a new case study.
If failing the 2nd attempt, the student has to attend an oral examination (3rd try). The oral examination is without preparation based upon a subject found by draw.

Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7-point scale.
Course assignments counts 70% of the final grade and tests counts 30%.

Additional information



Lotte Lassen

Valid from

2/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Civil Works