All civil engineering structures incorporate some contact with the ground.
Geotechnical Engineers determine how best to provide support for these structures.
Some of the designs carried out are:
- Foundations for buildings;
- Foundations for bridges and piers;
- Floating offshore structures.
Civil engineers plan, design and build the foundations for these projects. The civil engineering programme at UCD includes a number of basic courses in geotechnical engineering Construction of a foundation for a railway bridge as well as an advanced course in the final year.
For more information, see MYUCD.