Geotechnical Foundation Systems

Course Description

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 (ß 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.

Course ID: CIVE 2004P
Course Format: Classroom

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
14814 Dec 15, 2014 Dec 16, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, GA $895
15733 Dec 14, 2015 Dec 15, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $895
16777 Dec 15, 2016 Dec 16, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $1,095

Who Should Attend

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.

Content

  • Geotechnical site characterization

  • Shallow foundations

  • Ground modification techniques

  • Deep foundation systems

  • Lateral and moment load displacement evaluations

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Paul Mayne, Ph.D.