It is our pleasure to invite you to the fourth edition of this short course, organized in HEIA-FR Fribourg Switzerland, as well as online, via Zoom. This year emphasis will be put on hands-on exercises, and on an introduction to Bayesian analysis.
Uncertainty is present everywhere in geotechnical engineering and soil-structure interaction analysis: soil parameters are usually not known exactly, and also vary in space. Common practice consists in performing a deterministic analysis with "safety" factors. However, this technique does not give much insight into what the actual risk is. Today, a stronger integration of probabilistic approaches into safety assessment procedures and geotechnical computational mechanics in general seems appropriate.
This short course will give participants an insight into probabilistic approaches, uncertainty quantification, reliability, sensitivity and Bayesian analyses, and associated benefits with respect to a deterministic approach. Practical applications including typical geotechnical problems (slope stability, foundation bearing capacity, anchored wall, and tunnel in urban environment) will be discussed and solved using UQLab (www.uqlab.com) and ZSOIL (www.zsoil.com).
Civil and geotechnical engineers from the practice, researchers
Date and time: Thursday November 16th, 2023. 09h00-17h00
Place: HEIA-FR, CH-1700 Fribourg or given online, through Zoom
Language: English, with possible French/German translations when needed
Documentation: Copy of slides + 3 months license of ZSWALLS+R for reliability and sensitivity analysis of retaining walls (will be demonstrated during the course)
Regular: CHF 400 in person (*), or CHF 200 taught online via Zoom
Students: CHF 200 in person (*), or CHF 100 taught online via Zoom
(*) Including coffee breaks and lunch
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Prof. Dr Bruno Sudret
Chair of Risk, Safety and Uncertainty Quantification
IBK - Institute of Structural Engineering, ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr Stéphane Commend
iTEC - Institut des Technologies de l’Environnement Construit
Filière de Génie Civil, HEIA Fribourg
|09h00-09h15||Welcome address||S. Commend|
|09h15-10h15||Probabilistic approaches: framework and|
Monte Carlo simulation
|10h30-11h30||Surrogate models||B. Sudret|
|11h45-12h45||Introduction to the Bayesian approach||B. Sudret|
|12h45-14h00||Discussion and 60’ break|
|14h00-15h00||Probabilistic finite element applications 1:|
slope stabilities, strip foundation, tunnel
|15h00-15h30||Discussion and 15’ break|
|15h30-16h45||Probabilistic finite element applications 2:|
hands-on exercises with ZSWALLS+R
|16h45-17h00||Discussion and short course conclusion||S. Commend, B. Sudret|