AGE bvba organises training courses on several topics.

Each course consists of several separate teaching units. Unless specified, each unit equals a 4 hour lecture session. Teaching units for a course can be given on a specific day, for a number of consecutive weeks, starting at 1.30pm and ending at 6pm or grouped (2 units / day) from 8:30am to 6pm (including lunch and coffee breaks).

Typical cost for one teaching unit is 250€/person (not including VAT) and includes course materials (printed participant workbook, CD with high resolution slides, additional publications and software) and refreshments. A reduction in price is given when lectures are given consecutively over the course of several days (2 days - 4 units - 1000€/person, 3 days - 6 units - 1200€/person, 4 days - 8 units - 1500€/person).

International courses are only given as one continuous session (over consecutive days) for a minimum of 10 participants. (Additional hotel and travel costs apply.)

Registrations are valid for the full course only, not per unit.

Participation to a course is linked to a certificate.


For small groups up to 10 participants, training seminars are held in our own lecture room.

We also offer "personalised" training courses. These can be held at the client's offices and the course content, duration and level can be adapted according to the client's wishes. If you are interested in receiving a price proposal, please contact us at or leave us your contact data using the mailing list form on the left of this page.


Soil Mechanics

  • Fundamentals of soil mechanics
    Units : 4/8 (depending on background)
    Content : This refreshment course focuses on soil parameters : which parameter to use and how to determine using laboratory and in situ tests.
    • Basic properties of soil : classification of soils, density, liquid phase, plasticity limits, grain size distribution, principle of total/water/effective stresses, compressibility, shear strength...
    • Determination of stress-strain parameters from laboratory and in situ testing : closer look at shear resistance, principle of critical density, impact of water-pressure, critical state, direct shear test, simple shear test, triaxial test, plane strain test, shear resistance and stiffness, soil parameters from CPT, soil parameters from DMT, ...
  • Soil parameters from laboratory and in situ testing (advanced course)
    Units : 8
    Content :
    • Fundamentals of soil behaviour : link between macro soil behaviour and mineralogy/ soil genesis/ soil chemistry/ fluid chemistry/ cementation/ soil fabric
    • Soil models principles : stress state representation in p-q-e, linear elastic, linear elastic-plastic, non-linear elastic, hardening, cam-clay
    • Fundamentals of static and dynamic stress-strain behaviour and linked parameters : strength, stiffness, stiffness decay, anisotropy, dynamic behaviour, liquefaction susceptibility, stress history
    • Soil parameters from laboratory testing (includig sample quality)
    • Soil parameters from in-situ testing : CPT/CPTU/SCPT, DMT, SASW, down / crosshole geophysical testing
    • Considerations on behaviour of crushable soils

Foundation Engineering

  • Axial and lateral loading on piles and pile groups
    Units : 6
    Content : The course deals with the complexities of designing piles for both axial and lateral load, which is a critical design element in many contemporary constructions : horizontal loads from berthing of ships on marine structures, wind- and wave-loading on off-shore windmill structures, wind forces on highrise buildings, ...
    • Principles of soil-structure interaction
    • Piles types and execution
    • Axial loading on piles
    • Theoretical basis of lateral load-transfer (p-y) curves and experimental validation
    • Description of the p-y curves used in LPILE and GROUP software
    • Study of nonlinear moment-curvature behaviour of bored piles and prestressed concrete piles
    • Practical considerations for design of bored piles
    • Software training with LPILE and GROUP
    • Analysis of pile groups under combined axial and lateral loading
    • Geotechnical testing related to lateral loading analysis

Environmental Geotechnics

  • Introduction to environmental geotechnics.
    Units : 6
    Content :The course is an introduction to several geotechnical aspects of environmental problems, specifically focussing on storage of mineral wastes. We will deal with landfilling of municipal solid waste but also storage of dredged slurries and mine tailings. The main focus of the course lies on the design of engineered barriers.
    • waste mechanics : behaviour of municipal solid waste, stress-strain behaviour of slurries (large strain consolidation)
    • principles of contaminant flow
    • leachate collection systems
    • final cover systems
    • liners : geomembrane liners, compacted clay liners, geosynthetic clay liners, composite liners
    • use of geosynthetics as drainage or reinforcing elements
    • laboratory and in situ testing of waste and barriermaterials
    • design of barriers: ``hydraulic'' design, geotechnical stability
    • special cases and alternative barrier materials