Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental

Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Geotechnical engineering deals with the engineering behaviour of soil, rock, groundwater, and their impact on the design, construction and operation of infrastructure. Geotechnical engineers analyze soil behaviour under the influence of stresses for the design of foundations, retaining walls, tunnels and earth dams, and for the selection of railroad and highway routes. Geoenvironmental engineers develop and apply technologies for the clean-up and management of contaminated soil and groundwater.

Aspects of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

  • Tunneling and underground structures
  • Dynamics of soils and foundations
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Design, analysis and construction of piles
  • Machine foundation
  • Unsaturated soil behaviour
  • Waste geotechnics
  • Petroleum geomechanics
  • Well bore stability
  • Ground improvement
  • Landslides prevention and mitigation
  • Strengthening of offshore foundation
  • Behaviour of cohesive sediments
  • Safety assessment of dams and slopes
  • Design of buried concrete pipes
  • Horizontal site characterization
  • Constitutive modeling for soft clay
  • Strain softening behaviour of clay
  • Coupled 3-D seepage and transport phenomena


Faculty in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

  • M.H. El Naggar
  • J. Gerhard 
  • G. Nakhla 
  • T.A. Newson 
  • C. Power
  • C. Robinson
  • A. Sadrekarimi
  • J.Q. Shang 
  • E.K. Yanful

Research Groups and Facilities

Geotechnical Research Centre (GRC)