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Master's Degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations

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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. 

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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) 


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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.

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