Short Course

COST Action TU 1405 – GABI Short Course

How to plan a successful thermoactive geostruture design?


Despite the significant number of operating thermo-active geostructures in Europe, the development of specific design rules and dimensioning approaches has been slow. Attempts to provide a set of recommendations for piles, diaphragm walls and tunnels subjected to temperature variations were carried out starting in 2005 in Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom and France. However, most of this documentation provides only general indications and does not allow the adoption of this technology across Europe for a wider range of projects.

This short course, organised by the COST Action TU 1405 GABI (Geothermal Applications for building and infrastructures), aims to synthesize research and practice-based knowledge from across national and disciplinary boundaries in order develop a better understanding and more a widespread use of this technology.

The course will take place on Monday, September 24th, the day before the start of the Symposium. The required supplement to attend the short course varies depending on your registration type and period. Please find the registration fees here.

Target Audience

The course will be valuable for civil engineers and urban project managers who have no experience with thermoactive practices as well as for those who have been already involved in a project including thermoactive geostructures.


Will be updated with lecturer names in March

9.00-9.30                                                                                                                                   Registration – Welcome

9.30-10.10                                                                                                                                            Main steps for the design of a thermoactive geostructure

10.10-10.50                                                                                                                                    Characteristic building typologies across Europe – Legal issues

10.50-11.10                                                                                                                                             Coffee break

11.10-11.50                                                                                                                                                 THM ground properties

11.50-12.30                                                                                                                                              How to measure the THM ground properties (laboratory and in situ tests)

12.30-14.00                                                                                                                                              Lunch

14.00-14.40                                                                                                                                          Thermal design of a thermoactive geostructure

14.40-15.20                                                                                                                                       Mechanical design of a thermoactive geostructure

15.20-15.40                                                                                                                                                Coffee break

15.40-16.20                                                                                                                                               Interactions between several thermoactive geostructures

16.20:17.00                                                                                                                                          Execution and Monitoring

17.00-17.30                                                                                                                                      Discussions – Conclusions