Standard Course on Computational Geotechnics

TypeStandard course
Date 30/07/2019 - 01/08/2019
Location Sydney
Organizer Plaxis bv

Price €1200

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This course focuses on the practical aspects of the finite element method (FEM), Over a dozen similar courses have been given through Australia and all together more than 100 at several locations in Asia Pacific. The course is meant for professionals from consulting, construction companies and institutions who are interested in applying advanced tools to geotechnical engineering. The main subject of the course is the practical application of FEM for stress, deformation and stability in geotechnical engineering and design. The course concentrates on the following issues: Modelling of complex soil behaviour, analysing deformation due to phased construction and excavation; obtaining input data and model parameters from soil investigation, interpreting computational results. The course provides the necessary background information for proper use of the finite element method in geotechnical engineering applications.


Each day consists a morning and an afternoon session. Each session deals with a specific topic and starts with a general presentation followed by an introduction to the practical application and a hands-on computer exercise. At the end of each day, extra time is reserved to complete exercises and to discuss the computational results.

  • Tuesday 30.7.2019 (Day 1)
    •Geotechnical Modelling
    •Mohr-Coulomb Model
    •Hardening soil Model
    •Cantilevered wall (Exercise)
    •Structural elements
    •Modelling of excavations in PLAXIS
    •Soil stiffness parameters
    •Tied-back excavation with HS model (Exercise)
  • Wednesday 31.7.2019 (Day 2)
    •Undrained soil behaviour
    •Initial Stresses
    •Factor of safety analysis
    •Slope instability (Exercise)
    •Geometry and Meshing
    •Soil behaviour in shear
    •Soil behaviour in compression
    •Undrained excavation (Exercise)
  • Thursday 1.8.2019 (Day 3)
    •Modelling of embankments in PLAXIS
    •Modelling of embankments on soft-soil foundation (Exercise)
    •Master Case (Exercise)


Experts with good theoretical background and an extensive experience in practical geotechnical finite element modelling have been invited to give lectures and to prepare exercises and case studies on the topics mentioned earlier.

  • Dr Lee Siew Wei
    Golder Associates Hong Kong Ltd
  • Dr William Cheang
    Bentley Systems Singapore

New Plaxis Users

This Standard Course is meant for participants with some experience using PLAXIS in their daily engineering practice and thus do have knowledge on how the user interface works. For participants that have not worked with the PLAXIS software before it is strongly recommended to apply for our free introduction version (via our website) in order to get acquainted to the software prior to the course as PLAXIS is not extensively introduced as part of this curriculum. The exercises and cases studies are based on the PLAXIS computer programs. PLAXIS 2D will be used in this course.


The cost for the 3-days Computational Geotechnics is AUD 1900 (EUR 1200) per participant. The registration includes a full set of instruction manual and the use of the computer. The fees also cover all lunches and two tea-breaks per day. Members of PLAXIS VIP may apply for a discount on the course fee.


After the course, participants will receive an official letter/certificate about the number of Professional Development Hours (PDH) they earned from this course.


Please note that lodging is not included in the course fee and registration.


Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010


The total number of participants is limited to thirty (30). Registration will be accepted in the order in which they are received. For registration and cancellation our Terms & Conditions apply


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