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Byggegruber og havnebygning (Construction Pits and Port Construction )



Course format On-site
Date 2021-02-01 - 2021-05-19

General course objectives

  1. Construction pits
    • The student shall gain knowledge about Construction Pits to an extent where he/she can plan and design construction pits with bottom below groundwater table.
  2. Port Design
    • The student shall gain knowledge about and understanding for the special problems for outlining and design of:
      • Port general layout depending of location and usage.
      • Port structures.


Construction of buildings usually takes place in a construction pit with retaining walls and groundwater management. Construction and operation of a construction pit often depends on local conditions and can be a considerable part of a project. In the course, various problems and challenges in relation to construction and operation of a construction pits are studied.

Ports are a very dynamic part of the infrastructure. New ports are built in order to accommodate larger ships, old ports are transformed into housing areas. The course gives tools to plan and design various port structures.

Construction Pits:

  • Stability of bottom, slopes and walls.
  • Dewatering systems
  • Retaining walls (inclusive special walls)
  • Anchoring and propping of walls
  • Total stability

Port Design

  • Loads on Offshore structures. pressure from ice, waves ect
  • Types of Ports, planning and layout.
  • Breakwaters and piers.
  • Berth Structures:
  • Sheet pile walls, anchor slab, stability of Berth Structures.
  • Equipment: Fenders and bollards.


Recommended prerequisites

62328 Civil Infrastructure Engineering/11831 Construction, It is recommended that you have had your internship before following the course.

Learning outcomes

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

  • Assess the need for and the extent of dewatering system.
  • Assess the consequence groundwater control has on design of retaining walls.
  • Decide calculation criteria for design of berth structures and retaining walls.
  • Design and calculate berth structures and retaining walls.
  • Design anchors, soil anchors and dead man anchors.
  • Analyse and describe a chosen quay project.
  • Present and explain the construction of the chosen berth project.
  • Identify design basis and design offshore wind turbine foundations.
  • Reflect on the group's cooperation focusing on the interaction between international students and Danish students.


ISCED Categories

Near- and offshore constructions