The structural loads of buildings, bridges, towers, and other civil engineering works must somehow be transmitted to the underlying natural geomaterials (soils and rocks) using a foundation system that is safe, stable, and economical. Since site-specific information is required for each particular structure, an emphasis is made on the use of geotechnical in-situ testing for a rational and proper assessment of the ground, particularly strength and stiffness.
This course reviews analytical procedures for the evaluation of shallow foundation systems (spread footings, structural mats/rafts) and deep foundations (driven piles, augered and bored piles, drilled shafts). Methods cover ultimate bearing capacity from limit plasticity solutions and load-displacement behavior as represented in the framework of an elastic continuum solutions, whereby soil stiffness is represented by an equivalent modulus (Es) and Poisson's ratio. For deep foundation systems, additional considerations for evaluating side resistance are examined by total stress analysis, effective stress approach (ÃŸ method), and offshore methods. Additional topics include load transfer distributions, full-scale load testing, installation effects, pile group interaction effects, pile dynamics, as well lateral- moment and uplift-tension loading. Case studies are intermingled throughout the course to illustrate the analytical procedures and verify their applicability.
Geotechnical engineers, geologists, structural engineers, architects, site planners, developers, real-estate developers and construction firms involved with buildings, foundation installation and land construction
How You Will Benefit
Learn how to use a foundation system that is safe, stable and economical.
Employ geotechnical in-situ testing for a rational and proper assessment of the ground regarding strength and stiffness.
Review analytical procedures for the evaluation of shallow foundation systems and deep foundations.
Evaluate side resistance through total stress analysis, effective stress approach and offshore methods.
Learn about load transfer distributions, full-scale load testing, installation effects, pile group interaction effects, pile dynamics and lateral-moment and uplift-tension loading.
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