Past Event

One Day Short Course On Practical Application of FEM in Geotechnical Engineering
Venue: Kristal Ballroom, Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Date & Time: 14 Jun 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:30 PM) Closed
CPD/PDP: 7.5
Closing Date Before: 11-Jun-2019 (Subject to change based on availability of seat)
Organised By Technical Division - Geotechnical Engineering


This short course is tailored for geotechnical practitioners (intermediate to advance level) using FEM in geotechnical engineering. It discusses the basics of FEM and its application in geotechnical analyses as applied in case studies. The topics covered are as follows:

Session 1:    
• Selection of Appropriate Soil Models
• Common Mistakes and Pitfalls in FEM Modelling

Session 2:    
• Practical Parameter Calibration (CID and Oedometer tests)
• Use of PMT to validate Soil Parameters in a Case Study

Session 3:    
• Deep Excavation in Soft Clays Failure (Case History Project)
• Innovative Rafts on Pile Pads (Case History Projects)

Session 4:    
• Slope Engineering using FEM (typical cases, what is true FOS?)
• Advanced FEM for Deep Cement Mixes (model for tension and compression softening, illustrate with Canal Improvement Project)


Prof. Harry Tan Siew Ann was a Colombo Plan Scholar who graduated from Auckland University with First Class Honors B.Eng. in 1977 as the top engineering graduate of the school. He joined NUS as a Senior Tutor and earned his M.Eng. in 1982. His M.Eng. thesis research topic is in the Geotechnical area on the excess pore pressure behavior of marine clay in reclaimed land. He was awarded the NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in geotechnical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, which he completed 1982 and 1985, respectively. He has been a staff member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since May 1980.

Prof. Tan has taught courses in Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, with post-graduate courses in Earth Retaining Structures and Deep Excavations, Slope Engineering and Groundwater Seepage and Consolidation. He has received several teaching commendation awards from the Department of Civil Engineering. For the year 2004/2005, he was given the Excellent Teacher for being amongst the best of teachers in NUS, and also the Engineering Educator Award for being the best teacher in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering at NUS.

He has published over 200 technical papers covering topics such as Deep Excavations, Pile Foundations, Geosynthetics, Ground Improvement of Soft Clays, and Land Reclamation. He serves on the editorial board of “Geotextiles and Geomembranes”, of the International Society of Geosynthetics, and the Journal of “Geotechnical Engineering” of the South East Asian Geotechnical Society since 1997.

He has served as a committee member of several technical committees, including the US Transportation Research Board committee A2K06 on subsurface drainage in highway pavements, TC-09 Technical Committee on Earth Reinforcement for the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, SPRING Singapore technical assessor on geotechnical testing and site investigation, SPRING committee on earthworks and geotechnical engineering. Prof Tan had served as Chairman of TR26 the new Technical Reference for Deep Excavation Works from 2005 to 2010. This code is the latest and current code for deep excavation best practice in Singapore.

He also served on the WG of BCA for the implementation of EC7 in Engineering Practice in 2014-2015, and has conducted EC7 courses in BCA Academy since 2011. In 2012 to 2015, he has conducted in-house EC7 course for the private sector companies including AECOM, LSWCE and CPG. He was one of the Keynote Speaker for the GeoSS-BCA Seminar on Deep Foundations on 24 April 2015, focusing on the use of EC7 for pile foundation design. Prof. Tan has been a user of Plaxis since 1992. He was actively involved in teaching Plaxis courses in industry since 2000. He has taught the use of Plaxis in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, India, Australia and the Netherlands over the last 10 years. He was the course leader for the 1st Asian Experienced Users Plaxis course held in Singapore in August 2003, and again in Thailand in April 2006. He serves on the Scientific Network committee for the Plaxis code development, training and applications since 2002.

He is a registered professional geotechnical engineer in Singapore since 1992, and has been involved in several major consulting jobs in Singapore and Malaysia. His latest involvement is to act as leader of the State “Expert Witness Team” comprising of four international experts in the COI (Committee of Inquiry) for the Nicoll Highway tunnel LTA C824 collapse incident of 20th April 2004. He also served as the State Expert Witness for the Church Street pile foundation failure case.

He was actively involved in many deep excavation projects in both public sector and private sector cases: including many LTA projects in Circle Line, MCE, DTL1 and DTL2 stations and tunnels. He was an invited speaker at ER2010 (Earth Retention Conference at Seattle USA) for the session on case histories to address the subject of numerical analysis of retention systems for deep excavations.

Prof. Tan also served on the GeoSS-BCA Working Group for the implementation of EC7 for Ground Investigations and Pile Foundations. He was one of the Keynote Speaker for the GeoSS-BCA Seminar on Deep Foundations on 24 April 2015, focusing on the use of EC7 for pile foundation design. He was awarded the “Outstanding Geotechnical Engineer” in 2018 by GeoSS for his contribution to eduaction, research and improving practice in Singapore.

Additional Information
Posted on
One Day Short Course On Practical Application of FEM in Geotechnical Engineering

Post Comment
Member Type Normal Rate
Online Rate
HONORARY FELLOW 400.00 350.00
FELLOW 400.00 350.00
SENIOR MEMBER 400.00 350.00
MEMBER 400.00 350.00
HONORARY MEMBER 400.00 350.00
COMPANION 400.00 350.00
GRADUATE 400.00 350.00
AFFILIATE 400.00 350.00
ASSOCIATE MEMBER 400.00 350.00
STUDENT 250.00 200.00
Non IEM Member 800.00 700.00

Rate stated does not include 6% SST

No data to display
Page 1 of 0 (0 items)

Comment Area

Please login to add your comment, click here to login








Sign up for our newsletter to receive more information
Email Address: