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Meet Professor Stefan Larsson, Civil and Architectural Engineering

Stefan Larsson, PhD, professor in Geotechnology and Head of the division Soil and Rock Mechanics at the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at KTH.

Stefan Larsson

Short biography

Stefan Larsson is since 2010 professor in Geotechnology and Head of the division Soil and Rock Mechanics at the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Before that he chaired a position at KTH with a position as Technical manager at Skanska Sweden, Foundation Region. Stefan has more than 20 years of experience as contractor and geotechnical consultant. His research is closely linked to the industry and the main research interests are linked to ground improvement methods and focuses on reliability based design, failure mechanisms, the observational method, soil-binder chemistry. The division has 14 PhD students from many different countries and Stefan teaches in several courses on First cycle (Bachelor) and Second cycle (Master) level.

Current research

  • Reliability based design of ground improvement by lime-cement columns in ultimate limit state and serviceability limit state and Failure mechanisms in laterally loaded columns. Three PhD students involved and in collaboration with SBUF, The Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry, the Swedish Transport Administration and Skanska Sweden.
  • The application of the observational method on staged construction of high embankments on sulphide clays. Collaboration with Tyréns AB and the Swedish Transport Administration.
  • Analysis and optimization of vibratory compaction. Collaboration with SBUF, The Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry, PEAB and Dynapac.

Current teaching

Stefan Larsson teaches in a broad field of geotechnical engineering and geomechanics in mainly two Second cycle (Master) courses. Foundation Engineering gives an introduction to foundation analysis and design, with focus on pile foundations, retaining walls, sheet pile walls and ground improvement methods. Geotechnical Engineering Advanced Course is problem oriented where you work with a complex structure considering the whole design process. Hand calculations in ultimate limit state are combined with numerical modeling where deformations are considered. The course is examined by an extensive geotechnical design report including reflections on the results based on the given in-data and reasonable variability. In both these courses Stefan has engaged a number of specialists from the industry who lectures and guides the students through assignments and reports.

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Master's Programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering