I attended the EPFL Lausanne Professor Laloui’s course ”Analysis and Design of Energy Geostructures”, . Lyesse Laloui is a Chair professor of Soil Mechanics, Geo-engineering and CO2 storage at the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne(EPFL). He is the director of the Civil Engineering Section. Laloui is also adjunct full professor at the Pratt School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA) as well as advisory professor at the department of Civil engineering and Transportation of Hohai University, China. He is the vice-chair of the Technical Committee TC101 of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. He is also Associate Editor of Frontiers in Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilization, which is a section of Frontiers in Energy Research.

Energy geostructures are an innovative technology that couple the structural role of foundations and the heatingcooling role of geothermal heat exchangers. The goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the structural, geotechnical and energy behaviour.


– Energy geostructures: concepts, developments and challenges
– Heat and mass transfers in the context of energy geostructures
– Analytical modelling of steady state heat and mass transfers
– Analytical modelling of transient heat transfer
– Estimation of thermal potential of sites and design parameters
– Thermo-mechanical behaviour of single and groups of energy piles
– Thermo-mechanical behaviour of energy walls and energy tunnels
– Alternative applications: deck de-icing
– Thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of soils
– Thermo-mechanical behaviour of soil-concrete interfaces
– Development of projects of energy geostructures
– Performance-based design in the framework of Eurocodes