RAK-23526 Computational Geotechnics, 5 cr

Additional information

Opetus englanninkielellä. Teaching in English.

Person responsible

Tim Länsivaara


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
RAK-23526 2019-01 1 - 2 Markus Haikola
Tim Länsivaara
The course consists of lectures, exercises and course works. There are three mandatory exercises in the course. Exercise 1 deals with the stability calculations, and exercise 2 with settlement calculations for the same case. Exercise 3 consists of the geotechnical design of a supported excavation. The exercises must be completed before the (compulsory) exam.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the student can; 1) List the most important factors influencing slope stability 2) Do slope stability analysis with a calculation program and evaluate the result 3) List different settlement calculation methods and evaluate their suitability 4) Calculate settlement with calculation program and evaluate the results 5) Explain the relationship between earth pressure and displacements 6) Calculate stresses and deformations on a retaining wall with a calculation program and evaluate the results.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Settlement calculations; Different material models, consolidation, loads in 2D and 3D geometries, time behavior of settlement and pore pressure.     
2. Stability calculations; limit equilibrium methods, drained and undrained strength, pore pressure in stability analysis, application of safety.     
3. Retaining wall design; Actions, effects of actions, displacements, earth pressure, material models, wall types.     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The assessment is based on the exam (50%) and projects/course work (50%)

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Book   GeoCalc program manuals         Esitellään luennoilla   Yes   
Lecture slides   Lecture notes and other material given in lectures   TTY, Maa- ja pohjarakenteet         Yes   


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
RAK-22111 Maamekaniikka Mandatory    

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
RAK-23526 Computational Geotechnics, 5 cr MPR-5131 Computational Geotechnics, 5 cr  

Updated by: Haikola Markus, 29.03.2019