Geotechnical Engineering Group

Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materials. Geotechnical engineering is important in civil engineering, but also has applications to other engineering disciplines that are concerned with construction occurring on the surface or within the ground. Geotechnical engineering uses principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials; determine the relevant physical/mechanical and chemical properties of these materials; evaluate stability of natural slopes and man-made soil deposits; assess risks posed by site conditions; design earthworks and structure foundations; and monitor site conditions, earthwork and foundation construction.

Research Agenda

  • Geotechnical Testing, Investigation, and Instrumentation
  • Geomaterials (Soil Mechanics, Geosynthetics)
  • Soil-Structure Interaction (Foundation Eng’g and Earth Retaining Structures)
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Computational Geomechanics 
  • Earth Structures
  • Ground Improvement
  • Geo-environmental Engineering
  • Characterization of Indigenous Geomaterials
  • Construction in Problematic Geotechnical Conditions
  • Assessment and Mitigation of Risks Related to Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Hazards

Featured Research and Publication

K  Azul, MAH Zarco, Stochastic Finite-Fault Modeling of Mw7.2 2013 Bohol Earthquake with Improvements Via Low-Frequency Scaling Focusing On Time- And Frequency-Domain Characteristics. Philippine Engineering Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1: 59-82 (2021)