 
Introduction
The design of geotechnical structures conventionally follows a deterministic approach. Single values of soil properties obtained in field or laboratory tests are assigned to distinct regions of the problem domain to perform deterministic analyses. For geostructures that require high reliability, e.g., dikes, embankment, the risk of failure needs to be properly evaluated, taking into account uncertainties in both material characteristics and spatial variability as in the field.
In a probabilistic approach, these uncertainties are quantified and modeled using random variables, random fields, and processes, etc. These key concepts in statistics and probability theory are combined with conventional geotechnical analysis methods, either analytical, empirical, or numerical, to form predictive tools for managing risks and uncertainty in geotechnical design and construction processes.
Main topics
The Geo Risk Management course follows the book Risk assessment in Geotechnical engineering by G. A. Fenton & D. V. Griffiths. The course consists of 910 lectures, 4 tutorials, 1 group project, and 1 written and 1 oral exam. Topics covered in the lectures include
 Basics of statistics and probability theory
 Statistical methods for analyzing geotechnical data, including probability density functions, modeling of point and spatial statistics, and their estimation
 Reliabilitybased design and firstorder methods
 Data assimilation
Tutorials are combined with minilectures to get students familiar with the following key aspects of geotechnical engineering.
 Constitutive modeling of geomaterials (e.g., MohrCoulomb, Critical state soil mechanics)
 Seepage flow in soil
 Numerical methods: finite element method
 Analysis of measurement data and construction of random fields
 Monte Carlo simulation
 Reliability and probability of failure
Grading scheme
 Written exam (30%: statistics and probability theory, estimation of soil statistics, e.g., examples from the lectures)
 Assignments (10%)
 Group projects (40%: application of random finite element method to geotechnical engineering problems)
 Group project presentation, followed by oral exam sessions (20%)
Additional info
Links to the other courses:
• Hydraulic engineering
• Geostatistics
• Engineering statistics
• Data analysis
• Soil mechanics
• Advanced Soil Mechanics
Is knowledge of programming skills necessary for this course? If yes, please specify the skills / knowledge of which programme(s) is / are needed.
MATLAB or Python




 Assumed previous knowledgeMandatory: Soil Mechanics; Statistics
Recommended: Advanced soil mechanics; Soil Mechanics; Hydraulic engineering 
Master Civil Engineering and Management 
Master Construction Management and Engineering 
  Required materialsCourse materialRisk assessment in Geotechnical engineering G. A. Fenton & D. V. Griffiths isbn 978047017820 

 Recommended materialsInstructional modesAssignmentPresence duty   Yes 
 Colstructie
 LecturePresence duty   Yes 
 Project supervisedPresence duty   Yes 
 Q&APresence duty   Yes 
 Self study without assistance
 TutorialPresence duty   Yes 

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