Geotechnics plays an essential role in the construction sector, whether for building, civil engineering or development work. It consists of the study of soil/structure interactions in direct relation to the construction of works, from their construction to their operation

Based on a body of knowledge in Engineering Sciences, the ESITC Paris curriculum integrates the themes likely to foresee and solve the problems posed by soils, while taking into account the evolution of regulations and the creation of safer and more sustainable structures over time: land use planning, environmental protection, risk prevention, waste management and earthquake engineering. Thus, the reinforcement and the dynamics of research related to the field of "Earthquake engineering and seismic effects on natural systems, structures and buildings" is achieved through research results from experimental observations carried out in the laboratory, publications in specialised journals and the organisation of workshops and seminars



Research themes



♦ Soil dynamics and non-linear seismic response

  • Study of the cyclic and dynamic behaviour of soils
  • Analysis of the non-linear seismic response of soils and the phenomenon of liquefication
  • Development and implementation of non-linear dynamic behaviour models


♦ Structural dynamics and dynamic soil-structure interactions

  • Analysis of the dynamic soil-foundation-structure interaction
  • Study of site-city interaction and seismic invisibility
  • Modelling of the seismic response of structures and homogenisation
  • Seismic vulnerability of structures and service life analysis


♦ Numerical simulation of wave and vibration propagation

  • Advanced numerical simulation methods in wave and vibration propagation
  • Couplings of numerical methods and absorbing layer methods


♦ Probe attenuation modelling and vibration isolation