Master's Degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations

General

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Program Description

Why take a Master's Degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations?

The Master on Geotechnics at Structuralia is a program that aims to strengthen, increase, and consolidate the knowledge and skills in Geotechnical Engineering of professionals in construction, geology, and civil engineering sectors. For this purpose, this program explores the main aspects related to this discipline in a total of nine modules. 

Program

Module 1: Introduction to Geotechnics. Soil and rocks.

  • Unit 1: Description of the soils.
  • Unit 2: Properties and classification of soils.
  • Unit 3: Description of the rocks.
  • Unit 4: Properties and classification of rocks.

Module 2: 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 3: Ground Characterization and Instrumentation and monitoring.

  • Unit 1. Geotechnical and ground investigation campaigns.
  • Unit 2. Laboratory Test in Geotechnical Engineering - I
  • Unit 3. Laboratory Test in Geotechnical Engineering - I
  • Unit 4. Instrumentation and Monitoring (I&M)

Module 4: Continuum Mechanics and constitutive models. Application to soils and rocks.

  • Unit 1. Elasticity and continuum Mechanics.
  • Unit 2. Plasticity Theory
  • Unit 3. Constitutive models for soils
  • Unit 4. Constitutive models for rocks.

Module 5: Earth pressures and retaining structures

  • Unit 1: Theory
  • Unit 2: Rigid Walls
  • Unit 3: Flexible Cantilevered Walls
  • Unit 4: Design Considerations

Module 6: Slope Analysis and Stability.

  • Unit 1: Basic concepts of slope stability analysis
  • Unit 2: Soil Slope Stability
  • Unit 3: Kinematic analysis of rock slopes
  • Unit 4: Slope stability analysis on Rock

Module 7: Shallow Foundations

  • Unit 1: Parameters and analysis of failure models
  • Unit 2: Additional notes on bearing capacity
  • Unit 3: Settlements and deformations
  • Unit 4: Slabs, wells, dynamic aspects, land surveys, and construction provisions

Module 8: Deep Foundations

  • Unit 1: Basics and column piles in soils
  • Unit 2: Floating piles in soils, piles in rock, and Pile Groups.
  • Unit 3: Workloads and pile settlement
  • Unit 4: Pile selection and unusual situations

Module 9: Numerical modeling 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 Mesh Construction of Finite Elements.
  • Unit 3: Applications with Plaxis 2D – Calculation, Water, and Result Analysis.
  • Unit 4: Applications with Plaxis 2D – Practical Cases.

Module 10: Final Project

The program is subject to possible variations/updates of the contents to improve their quality.

Teachers

Ángel Francisco Silvestre Ordaz

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 he has a Master on Project Management of International Constructions by EI CESI. He 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 a 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 Burgaz

Gonzalo Gómez is a Civil Engineer (Roads, Canals, and Ports) by UPM (Technical University of Madrid). He has an MSc in Structural Engineering (H-W University) and a master’s degree in Tunnels and Underground Works (AETOS). He has been focused on the geotechnics field 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 a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in Engineering Management at Sacyr.

Alejandro Fernández

Alejandro Fernández has a degree in Geology from the University of Oviedo, a Master in Geological Engineering by the University of Leeds, a Master in Tunnels and Underground Works by AETOS/UPM, and a Project Management Professional given by the Project Management Institute. He would develop the first stage of his professional career in the Foundations and Geotechnics Department at Mott MacDonald in London. In 2007, he joins the technical office at Ferrovial Agromán, where he is currently working as a 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

Julio Garzón Roca has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Roads, Canals, and Ports) from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, a Master in Concrete Engineering by the UPV, and an Expert in University Pedagogy by the UPV. He has developed his academic activity as a professor and researcher in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering areas in several European universities for more than 7 years, including UPV (Spain) and Universidade do Minho (Portugal), and he has authored more than 40 scientific publications. In the same way, he has worked as a freelance consultant and has advised in different works and architectonical projects on aspects related to Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Surrey, in the United Kingdom.

Romain Goumy

Roman Goumy is a Civil Engineer (Roads, Canals, and Ports) by the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Ingénieur ETP by the ESTP in Paris. He has developed his professional career in the geotechnical field. He started at the consulting firm Atkins in the United Kingdom and then he followed under the wing of the Geotechnics Department at TYPSA in Valencia, where he is still working at the present time. His experience covers the design, monitoring, and treatment of the field reconnaissance, the geotechnical elements design (deep and shallow foundations, slopes, and retaining and support structures) through analytical and soil-structure interaction calculations, as well as soil works and ground improvement.

Javier Torrijo

Francisco Javier Torrijo is a Geologist; Magister and Ph.D. in Geology by the University of Zaragoza (UZ); EDP by the EOI; Civil Engineer by the Atlantic International University (AIU); Gemologist by the University of Barcelona (UB); Magister in Business Management and Administration and Expert in University Pedagogy by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). He developed the first stage of his career (since 1997) at the companies Proyex and GeoPayma in their Geology and Geotechnics Department, where he was trained and worked in this field for 11 years. Since 2002 he is working as a Professor, and Deputy Head in the Ground Engineering Department at the UPV since 2017, and also as a consultant and advisor at a global level on research and construction projects related to Ground Engineering in counties such as Ecuador, England, Peru, Brazil, Algeria, Angola, Andorra, and Spain.

Last updated Nov 2020

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