Geotechnical engineering 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 design to operation


ESITC Paris' curriculum, which is based on a body of knowledge in engineering sciences, incorporates subjects that are likely to help foresee and resolve the problems posed by soils, while taking into account changes in regulations and the need to build structures that are safer and more sustainable over time : land-use planning, environmental protection, risk prevention, waste management and earthquake engineering. In this way, research in the field of "Paraseismic engineering and seismic effects on natural systems, structures and buildings" is strengthened and made more dynamic through research results from experimental observations carried out in the laboratory, publications in specialist journals and the organisation of workshops and seminars



Research topics


♦ 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 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


♦ Wave attenuation modelling and vibration isolation