3rd Edition: Short Course Uncertainty Quantification, Reliability and Sensitivity Analyses applied to Geotechnics and Structures
This year emphasis will be put on hands-on exercises, and on an introduction to Bayesian analysis.

17 November 2022
09:00 – 17:00
HEIA-FR, Bd de Pérolles 80, 1700 Fribourg and ZOOM

Uncertainty is everywhere in geotechnical engineering and soil-structure interaction analysis: soil parameters are usually not known precisely and vary in space. The 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, more robust 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).

Target audience

Civil and geotechnical engineers from the practice, researchers

Practical information

Date and time:          Thursday, November 17th, 2021. 09h00-17h00

Place:                       HEIA-FR, Bd Pérolles 80, 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


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

Programm                   Registration 

Payment details will be sent to you by e-mail after registration.

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