Geotechnical Design to Eurocode 7


1-day course

CPD Credit: 7 hours, C1

Course Aim

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.

Trainers Profiles

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.


  • “Very good worked examples provided. Useful reference for the future.”
  • “Interesting course. Switching between two lecturers worked well and lectures were delivered on time.”
  • “Very detailed and useful course”
  • “Very well organised and informative”
  • “Very informative and relevant to everyday workflow”
  • “Course will be a good reference point for design work.”
  • “Well presented on Eurocode 7. Presenters had in-depth knowledge.Breaks throughout helped course content.”
  • “Very good course”
  • “Very relevant course for civil contractors”
  • “Relevant and a good insight into the new Eurocodes”
  • “Excellent and very concise”


Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email