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Geotechnical Engineering Series - Shallow Foundations

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Course description

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In Geotechnical Engineering Series - Shallow Foundations, you'll learn ...

  • What are the common types of shallow foundations
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of bearing capacity formulations for shallow foundations
  • Procedures for estimating immediate and consolidation settlements under spread footings
  • Construction inspection requirements for shallow foundations


Credit: 6 PDH

Length: 78 pages

Foundation design is required for all structures to ensure that the loads imposed on the underlying soil will not cause shear failures or damaging settlements. The two major types of foundations used for structures can be categorized as "shallow" and "deep" foundations. This course first discusses a general approach to foundation design and then concentrates on the topic of shallow foundations. It explains the basic theories, engineering evaluations, and practical approaches to the safe, cost-effective design and construction of geotechnical features of shallow foundations.

The course's content traces the geotechnical aspects of a project from preparation of the boring request through design computation of settlement, allowable footing pressure, etc., to the construction of approach embankments and foundations. It also presents recommendations for how to layout borings efficiently, how to minimize approach embankment settlement, how to design the most cost-effective pier and abutment foundations, and how to transmit design information properly so that the project can be constructed efficiently.

This course is applicable to geotechnical, civil, mining, structural, and environmental engineers, as well as design and construction personnel involved with the planning, design, and construction of shallow foundations.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 40 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • General approach to foundation design
  • Types of shallow foundations
  • Spread footing design concept and procedure
  • Assessments of bearing capacity and settlement
  • Placement of spread footings on compacted embankment fills
  • Footings on intermediate geomaterials (IGMs) and rock
  • Computations for allowable bearing capacity and procedures for using a bearing capacity chart for the sizing of footings
  • Effect of deformations on bridge structures
  • Spread footing load tests
  • Construction inspection check points for shallow foundations


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