This course focuses on the practical aspects of the finite element method (FEM). Over a dozen similar courses have been given throughout the USA and more than 200 at several other locations around the world. The course is meant for professionals from consulting/contracting companies, public work bodies and universities, who are interested in applying advanced tools to practical geotechnical engineering. Experts will give presentations on finite element modeling aspects as well as (geo-)engineering applications, such as staged construction, slope stability, excavations, foundations and embankments. The course consists of a balanced mixture of presentations and hands-on computer analyses using the user-friendly PLAXIS programs.