224-0224/02 – Modeling in Geotechnics (MoGe)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground EngineeringCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2003/2004Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFASTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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HRU30 doc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Examination 0+14

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

- the idea of ​​the modeling methods, comparison of different methods of terms of applied mathematical methods, demand on input data and in terms of suitability of their application to certain types of geotechnical tasks - analysis of model input data, boundary and initial conditions - use a various specialized software - analysis of modeling results

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Project work


The subject consists of modeling complex problems in the underground and geotechnical engineering. Students are introduced to the requirements to the input data, 2D and 3D finite element method and other numerical methods, which are used for the modeling of geotechnical problems. To these methods belong boundary element method, finite difference elements method and distinct element method, which is suitable for the modelling of discontinuous rock mass The students engaged in tasks of modeling of slope stability with consideration of various types of stabilizing elements (bolts, nails,geotextiles, etc.), modeling the effects of groundwater in the slope, stability of rock walls. Another area is the role of the underground construction - stability of tunnels and underground collectors, taking into account support construction of various types (including spatial models), calculations sheeting and foundation structures. The course also deals with the fundamentals of back analysis and stochastic methods.

Compulsory literature:

Bull, J.W. Numerical Analysis and Modeling in Geomechanics. Spon Press. 2003. ISBN 0-415-24328-9. Potts, D., Zdravkovic, L. Finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering. Thomas Telford. 1999. ISBN 0-7277-2753-2.

Recommended literature:

Gioda, Z. Modeling in Geomechanics. Wiley 2000. Soil and Rock Behaviour and Modelling. Proceedings of Sessions of Geoshanghai. Luna. R et al.(ed.)Shanghai: China, 2006.ISBN 0-7844-0862-9.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Realization of numerical and analytical computations models.


There is not a part of study.

Other requirements

Basic computer skills. At least 70% attendance at the exercises. Absence, up to a maximum of 30%, must be excused and the apology must be accepted by the teacher (the teacher decides to recognize the reason for the excuse). Tasks assigned on the exercises must be hand in within the dates set by the teacher.


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
224-0201 MH&Z Soil and Rock Mechanics Recommended
224-0202 ZS Foundation Engineering Recommended
224-0207 PS Underground Engineering Recommended
224-0226 GS Geotechnical Constructions Recommended


Subject codeAbbreviationTitle
224-0220 MPK Mechanics of Underground Structures
224-0221 MeKP Finite Element Method

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction, model types (analytical, numerical) 2. Basic quantities, equations and relationships for modelling of tasks from the field of Geotechnics and underground engineering 3. Types of constitutive material models of soil and rocks (linear, Mohr-Coulomb, Cam-Clay, hypoplastic model, Hoek-Brown) 4. General procedure for numerical modelling 5. Principle of the Limit equilibrium method for modelling of the stability of the slopes 6. Finite element Method 7. Finite difference Method 8. Boundary element Method 9. Distinct element method 10. Fundamentals of finite element modelling in the Plaxis software 11. Fundamentals of finite element modelling in the MIDAS GTS software 12. Basic aspects of the stability modelling of the slopes, including modelling of the consolidation process 13. Principles of underground construction modelling 14. Fundamentals of inverse (back) analysis and stochastic modelling

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2015/2016 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  15
        Examination Examination 65  36
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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2019/2020 (N3607) Civil Engineering (3607T035) Geotechnics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2018/2019 (N3607) Civil Engineering (3607T035) Geotechnics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2017/2018 (N3607) Civil Engineering (3607T035) Geotechnics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2016/2017 (N3607) Civil Engineering (3607T035) Geotechnics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2015/2016 (N3607) Civil Engineering (3607T035) Geotechnics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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