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LUSAS Geotechnical Modelling using 2D and 3D Continuums

Course Summary

This course is designed for geotechnical engineers who have limited or no experience with LUSAS, as well as civil engineers interested in exploring geotechnical and soil-structure interaction modeling. It consists of four live online sessions, each lasting 90 to 120 minutes. 

The course covers the following topics:  

  • Introduction to using LUSAS structural and geotechnical software. 
  • 2D geotechnical models, non-linear calculations, and the influence of water. 
  • Exploration of topics such as excavation, dewatering, structural support elements, and stability analysis. 
  • Learn about 3D geotechnical models, pile load testing, and soil-structure interaction.


Immerse yourself in the intricacies of geotechnical modelling with this course, where you'll learn to:

  • Develop 2D, 3D geotechnical models.
  • Tackle deep excavation. 
  • Implement effective support systems
  • Conduct stability analyses.
  • Model soil-structure interaction.
  • Incorporate water effects in your models, considering factors like dewatering, consolidation.

See typical course content for each session.

Course Dates

Course name Dates No of sessions Time of each session Course cost Booking
LUSAS Geotechnical Modelling using 2D and 3D continuums 29 Feb, 7, 14, 21 March 2023 4 14:00 - 16:00 GMT 395 GBP Completed
LUSAS Geotechnical Modelling using 2D and 3D continuums To be advised 4 14:00 - 16:00 GMT 395 GBP Not yet available

Bookings and payments

  • To book and pay for a single place on a course click the 'Book now' button. If multiple bookings of staff from the same organisation are required with payment to be made via a single invoice, please contact the training course administrator at

  • Course costs include handouts and are quoted in local currencies and are exclusive of any local government taxes (if applicable). 

  • Please note that when paying by credit card the amount charged in your currency may differ according to exchange rates and credit card fees incurred, which are beyond our control.

  • For cancellations to attend a training course that are received in writing at least 1 day prior to the first session taking place, the course cost will be refunded.

  • LUSAS reserves the right to reject bookings and to cancel or re-schedule courses or individual sessions in the unlikely event of this being required.

A discount is available for an invoiced booking of 5 or more delegates from the same organisation. Please contact your account manager or for details.

Online training information

Sessions presented using Session length After session offline self-study required Training certificates
GoToWebinar 90 to 120 minutes 45 to 60 minutes Issued on successful completion 


  • Training sessions are provided using the GoToWebinar web conferencing facility. You can join each training session up to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. They will start promptly.

  • Training sessions are a mix of PowerPoint presentation and live demonstration of LUSAS.

  • Delegates do not undertake any hands-on examples during each session, but examples that cover the concepts introduced are provided for download and use by delegates after each session. These examples will take between 45 and 60 minutes of offline self-study to complete. Email support is available from the lecturer to assist with these examples if needed.

  • Session presentations can be downloaded from a training course event page and printed off if required.

  • Delegates are able to ask the lecturer questions during the training session via the chat tool or afterwards via email.

  • Sessions are recorded and links to recordings will be provided to delegates to allow viewing if a session is missed.

  • Training certificates are provided to those who successfully complete the series of worked examples and pass the quiz set after each session.

  • Registration for Session 1 is a requirement to attend all subsequent sessions.

On successful completion of the course, and with subsequent experience, delegates should be able to successfully tackle many types of nonlinear analyses that are encountered in mainstream structural and bridge engineering.

LUSAS software version

LUSAS version 21 with a licence to run the geotechnical, nonlinear and dynamics options will be used to present this course. This configuration is also required by those signing-up for the course to undertake any offline homework examples. 

For delegates without access to a licence that supports this version and options, a temporary licence will be provided. 

Accessing LUSAS 

Individuals who wish to attend the training who do not have access to the required version of the software may request a temporary training licence from LUSAS to allow the running of the software on their personal computers. After booking your place on the course, please contact to request a licence stating your name and details as asked for on the booking form.

Downloading LUSAS

LUSAS may be downloaded either as an ISO file, or as a small startup executable. Use whichever is better or works for you. 

Options for downloading LUSAS Version 21
ISO file


Web installer
Download a single disk image file containing all installation components. 

Select this option for offline installation on one or more PCs.

Download a small setup executable which allows you to choose those components that you wish to download and install. 

Select this option for online installation on a single PC.

Please contact if you have any questions relating to the licence key sent to you.

Typical Course Content 

Session 1 - Getting Started with LUSAS 

Overview of LUSAS and basic skills in model building and results processing.

  • Presentation on fundamental LUSAS features and facilities.

  • Demonstration of LUSAS using basic geotechnical models.

  • Presentation example: Soil-structure interaction (bridge case). 

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates (same as presentation example)

  • Online quiz to complete the session.

Session 2 - Geotechnical Modelling - Part 1

Building on the basic knowledge gained, this session guides you into geotechnical modeling, providing details on models and related functionality.

  • Exploration of geotechnical models, including initial stresses, bearing capacity, pore pressure, drained and undrained materials. 

  • Presentation example: Embankment construction on clayey soil. 

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates (same as presentation example)

  • Online quiz to complete the session.

Session 3 – Geotechnical Modelling - Part 2

Elaboration on more advanced topics in geotechnical engineering and how to consider them in LUSAS.

  • Learn how to perform excavation, install support systems, add interfaces to structural elements, include a phreatic surface, conduct dewatering, and perform stability analysis.

  • Presentation example: Deep Excavation. 

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates (same as presentation example).

  • Online quiz to complete the session.

Session 4 – Developing 3D Models 

Learn how to efficiently create 3D models.

  • Specifics about 3D model geometry and meshing.

  • Presentation examples: Two 3D model examples, Pile load test and soil-structure interaction.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates.

  • Online quiz to complete the session.

Some delegate feedback from LUSAS scheduled training courses:

  • “This class was excellent and one of the best training courses that I have taken." (Tim E.)

  • “Very good demonstrations/teachers with a good variety of hands-on examples.” (Douglas R.)

  • "The instructor was phenomenal! Engaged, energetic, helpful and friendly! Could not have asked for a better one." (Joe K.)

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