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Mecánica del Suelo, Cimentación y Contención

Lifelong learning course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

This lifelong learning course can be attended as part of the master's degree Architectural Structures Engineering.

Este curso de formación continua se centra en desarrollar extensamente los conocimientos en diseño y cálculo de cimentaciones y elementos de contención, como del estudio geotécnico y la modelización con programas de cálculo específicos: SAP, ROBOT, CYPE, PLAXIS.

El plan de estudios se ha elaborado en base a las experiencias realizadas por el equipo docente en cursos anteriores, tanto a nivel universitario como a nivel profesional, y que sirven de referencia para la propuesta de este programa y con el apoyo de la ACE (Asociación de Consultores de Estructuras) y el IEE (Instituto de Estudios Estructurales), principales instituciones del sector.


  • Aplicar el estudio del terreno y la geotecnia al proyecto de cualquier tipo de cimientos
  • Estudiar las patologías asociadas a los cimientos de una edificación
  • Conocer las técnicas disponibles para mejorar el terreno

Who is it for

El perfil de ingreso recomendado es el de un profesional relacionado con las áreas de diseño, cálculo y gestión de estructuras en la edificación.

  • Arquitectos técnicos y superiores
  • Ingenieros industriales o de caminos
  • Estudiantes de estas titulaciones que estén en el último curso de carrera



Mecánica del Suelo, Cimentación y Contención
7.5 ECTS. 60 teaching hours.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Maristany Carreras, Jordi
    Doctor in Architecture
  • Brufau Niubó, Robert
    Doctor in Architecture
  • Garcia Carrera, David

Academic coordination

  • Albareda i Valls, Albert
  • Payola Lahoz, Jordi

Teaching staff

  • Cabanillas Rodríguez, Jorge Luis
    BEng. (2000, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima) MSc. (2011, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería; 2015, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) PE. PhD candidate, at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Sixteen years experience in analysis, design, construction and supervision of civil engineering structures (buildings, industrial facilities, long span roofs, bridges, etc.) located in seismic regions, mainly in South America. Expertise in structural analysis software: SAP2000, ETABS, SAFE, CSiBridge, Perform 3D, CSiCol, among others. Founder and principal engineer at DISEÑO DE PROYECTOS EN INGENIERÍA (Perú). Representative of CSI (Computers & Structures, Inc.) for South America and Caribe. Wide teaching experience in professional courses for civil engineers and architects. Most remarkable designs: 520 m long railway cable-stayed bridge in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), arch bridges in Puyo (Ecuador) and Moquegua (Perú), among others.
  • Garcia Carrera, David
  • Jaen González, Carles
  • Ledesma Villalba, Alberto
    BEng. MSc. PE. PhD. Full Professor of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Thirty years of teaching and research experience on that field, including numerical models in Geomechanics, back-analysis, unsaturated soils, landslides and soil dynamics. Supervisor of 12 Doctoral Theses. Participation and coordination in a number of Research Projects funded by European Commission. Over 150 publications, most of them papers published in international peer reviewed Journals. Geotechnical advisor of several companies and administrations, in Spain and other European and American countries, involving large excavations, urban tunnels and embankment dams. Active member of the International Committee controlling construction of high-speed train tunnel crossing Barcelona next to World's Heritage buildings.
  • Rosas Alaguero, Juan José
  • Ventayol Lázaro, Albert

General information

7.5 ECTS (60 teaching hours)
Start date
Start date:October 2017End date:July 2018
Thursday  17:30 to 21:30
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
08005 Barcelona
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 62
Lifelong learning diploma issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Lifelong learning course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
1.200 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Lifelong learning course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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