Soils survey and soils behaviour

Lecturer(s): Eric VINCENS, Francesco FROIIO
Course ⋅ 16 hPW ⋅ 8 hStudy ⋅ 4 h


Any development is likely to disturb a natural balance and this risk must be able to be assessed by a in-depth knowledge of the site and the appropriate scientific tools. The objectives of this course are:

  • to give students the knowledge necessary to define and carry out a campaign to recognize soils of a site, this recognition will be supplemented by laboratory tests
  • to present the analysis tools making it possible to assess the risks of instability of natural slopes or those built by the man, -to introduce more sophisticated soil behavior modeling tools used in large offices geotechnical studies.


soil, sand, clay, instability


Experimental behavior of soils (clay + sands) Soil recognition (in situ tests + laboratory) Slope stability (static + dynamic)

Learning Outcomes

  • master the different geomechanical and hydraulic models
  • know how to analyze the stability of embankments and slopes
  • understand the behavior of soils according to their nature


  • Microtests: closed-book examination
  • Lab experiments
  • Final exam: closed-book examination Grade : 2/3 final exam + 1/3 activities (microtests+lab)