Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations?
The Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations at Structuralia aims at strengthening, increasing and consolidating the knowledge and skills of construction, geology and civil engineering professionals in the field of Geotechnical Engineering through a total of nine modules. In addition to the main general concepts, the program focuses special attention on numerical modeling applications by means of a solid theoretical framework and practical exercises.
The students who successfully complete the Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations will have knowledge and skills to perform specialized tasks and develop their professional career in the field of geotechnical engineering in civil engineering and construction companies, as well as in architecture firms.
MODULE I Introduction to Geotechnics. Soil and Rocks
Unit 1: Description of Soils
Unit 2: Properties and Classification of Soils
Unit 3: Description of Rocks
Unit 4: Properties and Classification of Rocks
MODULE II Groundwater. Effects on Soils and Rocks
Unit 1: Fluid Flow in Porous Media
Unit 2: Effective Stress and Pore Pressures. Water Effects on Soil and Rocks
Unit 3: Soil Consolidation
Unit 4: Wells and Pumping Systems
MODULE III Ground Characterization, Instrumentations and Monitoring
Unit 1. Geotechnical and Soil Investigation Campaigns
Unit 2. Laboratory Tests in Geotechnical Engineering - I
Unit 3. Laboratory Tests in Geotechnical Engineering - II
Unit 4. Geotechnical Auscultation
MODULE IV Continuum Mechanics and Constitutive Models. Applications to Soil and Rocks
Unit 1: Elasticity and Continuum Mechanics
Unit 2: Plasticity Theory
Unit 3: Soil Constitutive Models
Unit 4: Rocks Constitutive Models
MODULE V Earth Pressures and Retaining Structures
Unit 1: Theory
Unit 2: Rigid Walls
Unit 3: Flexible Cantilevered Walls
Unit 4: Design Considerations
MODULE VI Slope Stability Analysis
Unit 1: Slope Stability Analysis
Unit 2: Soil Slope Stability
Unit 3: Rock Slope Kinematic Analysis
Unit 4: Rock Slope Stability Analysis
MODULE VII Shallow Foundations
Unit 1: Determinants and Study of Failure Models
Unit 2: Additional Notes on Bearing Capacity
Unit 3: Serviceability Limit State(SLS)
Unit 4: Slabs, Wells, Dynamic Aspects and Offshore Applications
MODULE VIII Deep Foundations
Unit 1: Basic Concepts and Soil Piling
Unit 2: Floating Piles in Soil, Piles in Rock and Pile Groups
Unit 3: Workloads and Pile Settlement
Unit 4: Pile Selection and Unusual Situations
MODULE IX Numerical Modelling In Geotechnics. Plaxis 2d
Unit 1: Numerical Modelling and its Application in Geotechnics. Introduction to Plaxis 2D
Unit 2: Applications with Plaxis 2D – Geometry and Finite Element Mesh Construction
Unit 3: Applications with Plaxis 2D – Calculation, Water and Result Analysis
Unit 4: Applications with Plaxis 2D – Practical Cases
MODULE X Master's Final Project (MFP)
The program is subject to possible content updates and upgrades
Ángel Francisco Silvestre Ordaz is a Civil Engineer (Roads, Canals and Ports) by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Executive MBA from the ICADE Business School (Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE) and with a Master’s degree in Project Management of International Constructions by EI CESI. Angel has developed his professional career both nationally and internationally by working in engineering (Terrasol – Grupo Setec and Intecsa-Inarsa) and construction companies (Ferrovial Agromán). His field of expertise is geotechnical engineering, especially tunnels and underground works. He is currently working as a freelance consultant engineer, providing consulting services on geotechnics and ground engineering.
Gonzalo Gómez is a Civil Engineer (Roads, Canals and Ports) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid ( UPM) with an MSc in Structural Engineering (H-W University) and a Master’s degree in Tunnels and Underground Works (AETOS). He has focused his career on the field of geotechnical engineering, and has more than 15 years of experience in construction and first-tier consulting firms (ACS, Dragados, FCC, Isolux, Ferrovial and Sacyr). He currently works as Senior Geotechnical Engineer in Engineering Management at Sacyr.
Alejandro Fernández has a degree in Geology from the University of Oviedo, a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Leeds, and another in Tunnels and Underground Works from AETOS/UPM, as well as the Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute. Alejandro started his professional experience in the Foundations and Geotechnics Department at Mott MacDonald in London. In 2007, he joined the technical office at Ferrovial Agromán, where he is currently working as Project Manager. He has fifteen years of international experience in large scale “design and built” projects in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada and Ireland.
Julio Garzón-Roca holds a PhD in Civil Engineering by the Technical University of Valencia, Spain (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, UPV), a MSc. in Concrete Engineering (UPV) and a Diploma in Higher Education Teaching (UPV). He has developed his academic career by researching and teaching during more than 10 years in the Geotechnical Engineering and Construction/Structural Engineering areas. He is the author of more than 45 scientific publications and 6 teaching publications. He worked at the Technical University of Valencia and the University of Minho (Portugal) and he is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Surrey (UK). Likewise, during that time, he has also worked as a Geotechnical and Structural Advisor for different construction and independent companies.
Roman Goumy is a Civil Engineer (Roads, Canals and Ports) from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and an Ingénieur ETP from the ESTP in Paris. Roman developed his professional career in the field of geotechnics and started at the consulting firm Atkins in the United Kingdom, and then continued at the Geotechnics Department of the TYPSA in Valencia, where he is presently working. His experience covers design, field reconnaissance monitoring and processing, geotechnical element design (deep and shallow foundations, slopes, retaining and supporting structures) through analytical and soil-structure interaction calculations, as well as ground works and ground improvement.
Francisco Javier Torrijo is a Geologist, with a Master’s degree and a PhD in Geology from the University of Zaragoza (UZ); EDP from the Industrial Organization Institute (EOI). He is also a civil engineer from the Atlantic International University (AIU); Gemologist from the University of Barcelona (UB); Master’s degree in Business Management and Administration, and Expert in University Pedagogy from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). Francisco started his professional experience (since 1997) at Proyex and GeoPayma in their Geology and Geotechnics Department for 11 years. Since 2002, he has been working as a Professor, and since 2017, as Deputy Head of the Ground Engineering Department at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), as well as a consultant and advisor on research and construction projects related to Ground Engineering in countries such as Ecuador, England, Peru, Brazil, Algeria, Angola, Andorra and Spain.