224-0226/05 – Geotechnical Constructions (GS)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Karel Vojtasík, CSc.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Karel Vojtasík, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2003/2004Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesFASTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master, Bachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
MOH050 Ing. Marek Mohyla, Ph.D.
VOJ50 doc. Ing. Karel Vojtasík, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 16+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Objective of the course in terms of learning outcomes and competences is to provide students with the basics to all kind of geotechnical constructions excavated from the surface, or built on the surface and geotechnical structures that are indispensable part of them. Students acquires sufficient knowledge to be familiar in the topic of geotechnical constructions, that are necessary for their professional work and further development of acquired knowledge by self-study from professional literature.

Teaching methods



The content of the course are the next topics: terminology, classification of geotechnical constructions, in detail there are on display geotechnical constructions excavated from the surface (pits, notches, trenches, troughs), built on the surface (embankments, dams, dumps, cushions, backfills. Attention is given to the all kind of geotechnical circumstances under which the constructions are realized and further to the methods and technologies of their implementation, and to the necessary geotechnical structures, which are indispensable part of them.

Compulsory literature:

SMOLCZYK,U.(2003). Geotechnical Engineering Handbook, Vol.2,3 Elements and Structures, Ernst&Sohn

Recommended literature:

Ivan Vanicek, I., Ivan Vanicek, M.: Earth Structures In Transport, Water and Environmental Engineering. Springer, Berlin 2008, ISBN: 978-1-4020-3963-8

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

Undergraduate has to keep all obligations prescribed by the study requirements. 70% attendance at seminars, fulfilling all seminars tasks


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
224-0201 MH&Z Soil and Rock Mechanics Recommended
224-0202 ZS Foundation Engineering Recommended


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures: 1. Introduction, definition of terms geotechnical engineering and geotechnical construction, geotechnical construction division. 2. IG survey for geotechnical engineering. 3. Excavating geotechnical works - pits, trenches and cuts, dewatering wells. 4. Stability of the pit walls and pit floor of geotechnical structures, principles of design calculations. 5. Filled geotechnical structures - road embankments and water dikes, waste dumps, waste dumps, dumps, etc. 6. Compaction, consolidation and reinforcement - reinforcement earth retaining structures. 7. Principles of embankment design - subsoil bearing capacity, embankment body , retaining structure design. 8. Ground treatment technologies and ground feature amendment technologies. 9. Redevelopment of land slide areas, embankment slide splope and foundation subground, etc. 10. Earthworks and earthandling machinery. 11. Modeling the behavior of geotechnical structures in the time of design, implementation and maintenance. 12. Monitoring of geotechnical engineering. 13. Environmental impacts of geotechnical constructions. Training 1. Design of embedment depth of a not braced sheet wall and checking its load capacity. 2. Design of embedment depth of a not braced sheet wall and checking its load capacity on conditions:with ground water a) wall toe is embeded in water impervious ground b) the groundwater can flow under the wall toe. 3. Design of embedment depth of a sheet wall anchored in one horizon without any groundwater 4. Design of an embankment. 5. Design of a slope embankment armoured with geonets. 6. Reinstatement design of of a landslide failure.

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