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Geotechnical Design to Eurocode 7

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 31 May 2018
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €395
    Non-Members: €445

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1


The course will present the principles behind the design of geotechnical structures to Eurocode 7 and give examples of designs of foundations, piles, retaining structures and slopes. The course will also discuss possible forthcoming developments to this Eurocode.


  • Introduction to Eurocode 7: Part 1
  • Geotechnical data & characteristic values
  • Foundation design and examples
  • Pile foundation design and examples
  • Design of retaining structures
  • Slope Stability 
  • Forthcoming development in Eurocode 7

Learning Outcomes

  • The structure, operation and interaction of Eurocode 7 within the Eurocode suite
  • The key features of Eurocode 7
  • How to undertake design of spread foundations, pile foundations and retaining structures within Eurocode 7
  • Future changes that may come with revisions to Eurocode 7 by 2020.

Who should attend

This training course is ideal for anyone with a responsibility for, or exposure to, geotechnical design,including Civil Engineers, Structural
Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers and Engineering Geologists.

Course Facilitators

Eric R Farrell, AGL Consulting

Eric is a Senior Consultant and co-founder of AGL Consulting, a specialist geotechnical consulting company and was formerly an adjunct associate professor following a period of 28 years as senior lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. With AGL, Dr Farrell has provided expert geotechnical advice on a wide range of major civil, infrastructure and commercial projects, and has acted as an expert witness in legal disputes and in forensic investigations of major geotechnical failures.

Eric's experience covers most aspects of geotechnical engineering, including the design and construction of road embankments over soft ground and peat, the design of levees and reservoirs, the stabilisation of both soil and rock slopes, foundations for building and bridges, piles both on-shore and offshores, embedded walls, ground anchors, the design of dewatering systems and tunnels. He has been actively involved in the development of Eurocode 7 since the early 1980’s and is currently chairman of the TC015 committee on Geotechnics which has been set up by the NSAI to input into the development of the Eurocode 7 and to develop the Irish National Annexes. He has been the Irish Liaison Engineer on TC250/SC7 which oversees the development of Eurocode 7 and was chairman of a sub-committee which developed a major revision of the Section of EC7 on anchor design. 

Trevor L.L. Orr, Trinity College, Dublin

Trevor is an adjunct associate professor at Trinity College Dublin. Before starting at Trinity College, he worked as an engineer with Sir William Halcrow & Partners in London. He has been closely and continuously involved in the development of Eurocode 7 since work started on this in 1981. He was a member of the first committee that produced the model code for Eurocode 7 in 1987.

Trevor has recently been appointed as a member of one of the Project Teams established by CEN to produce the next version of Eurocode 7 in 2020. He is the co-author of two books on Eurocode 7 and has written many papers and given many lectures on Eurocode 7 in Europe, Asia and Australia. While at Trinity College, his research interests have included tunnelling, geotechnical design and the use of probabilistic methods in geotechnics.



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31 May 2018


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.