Summer School 
Numerical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering

The knowledge of different constitutive models and their applications are state of the art in geotechnical design. After a general introduction to computational geotechnics and constitutive models, the participants will learn basics of Critical State Soil Mechanics. Tools for parameter calibration of selected constitutive models (elasto-plastic and hypoplastic constitutive models) will be introduced and complemented by simulations of element tests. The influence of the individual material parameters and the individual models is clearly visualized in the element tests. Based on this, the modeling of different boundary value problems with different models and different FE software packages is a main focus of the Summer School.

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Continuing Education Programme Certificate

1 Semester/5 ECTS-Credits

Study Code
UC 992 198

22.07.2024 - 26.07.2024

650 EUR



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Qualification profile

  • Introduction to finite element applications in geotechnical engineering
  • Getting to know different constitutive models and their calibration
  • Applications of different constitutive models on element tests
  • Modelling of boundary value problems
  • Influence of the plane strain simplification
  • Finding Mistakes
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Target group

Students with major in geotechnical engineering and PhD students working on soil mechanics with an interest in numerical modeling.

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  • Completed master's/diploma studies
  • Research experience / practical experience / publications
  • Master students with in-depth knowledge of geotechnical engineering.
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Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Barbara Schneider-Muntau

Institute for Infrastructure
Unit of Geotechnical Engineering
Technikerstraße 13
6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507-62382

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Barbara Schneider-Muntau
Institute for Infrastructure, Unit of Geotechnical Engineering


Please be aware that this Summer School will be a face-to-face event.

The Summer School lasts one week and takes place at the University of Innsbruck. After the week in presence, the participants write a research-based final report.


University of Innsbruck
Technikerstraße 13
6020 Innsbruck


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