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This course deals with all aspects of modern good practice in foundation design. These include: the importance of both the geological & geotechnical aspects of the ground conditions, current limit analysis methods for bearing capacity, factors of safety

Course Outline

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
€¢ Judge when shallow foundations should be considered
€¢ Recognize the failure modes of shallow foundations
€¢ Determine the bearing capacity of shallow foundations on soils and rocks
€¢ Calculate vertical stress distribution below a shallow foundation
€¢ Find the primary consolidation settlement of shallow foundations on cohesive and non-cohesive soils
€¢ Describe procedures for construction inspection and performance monitoring of shallow foundations
€¢ Use analytical techniques for shallow and deep foundation systems
€¢ Develop design skills from hands-on practical design examples as well as skills for foundation settlement analyses
€¢ Achieve confidence in the design of pile foundations

This course is a comprehensive foundation engineering course dealing with shallow foundations, deep foundations, retaining structures, and excavations. Major emphasis will be on the analytical methods and the problem solving aspects as related to shallow and deep foundations. This course provides the participants with an opportunity to apply the design procedures to a "real life" challenging foundation design projects.
This short course should be of interest to geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, and civil engineers who wish to have a better understanding of the current state-of-the-art with respect to the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations. All key concepts and terminology will be explained and emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the information provided.

The main objective of this course is to equip the participants with the needed tools to select the best foundation solution for each particular project. After completing the course participants should be able to design shallow and deep foundations and supervise their construction. The course philosophy is to provide the participants with the information they need to design foundations at the state of the art.

Structural, civil and geotechnical engineers, consulting engineers, technicians and technologists, public works and construction department employees of federal, provincial and municipal governments and engineers responsible for large industrial, commercial or institutional facilities who must deal with different types of foundations, and foundation construction contractors.

The three-day course consists of a series of lectures and workshops. Worked examples with numerical reference reinforce the lecture content. Case studies which illustrate the full range of problems are a feature of the course. There are workshops conducted under instructor guidance on bearing capacity, shallow and deep foundation design, settlement analysis, and a workshop for design examples.

YOU WILL RECEIVE: A copy of the text book: Principles of Foundation Engineering, 7th Edition, by B.M. Das.


INSTRUCTOR:  Hany El Naggar, Ph.D., P.Eng., M. CSCE,  M.ASCE, M.ACI is an Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Geotechnical Properties of Soil 
€¢ Introduction
€¢ Grain-size distribution
€¢ Atterberg limits
€¢ Effective stress concept
€¢ Shear strength of soils

Subsoil Exploration
€¢ Purpose of soil exploration
€¢ Subsurface exploration program
€¢ Geophysical exploration
€¢ Interpretation of soil parameters for foundation design 
€¢ Shallow foundation types and foundation level selection

Shallow Foundations: Ultimate Bearing Capacity
€¢ Introduction
€¢ General concept 
€¢ General bearing capacity equation
€¢ Shape, depth, and inclination factors
€¢ Effect of soil compressibility 
€¢ Eccentrically loaded foundations
€¢ Combined Foundations
€¢ Worked examples

Special Bearing Capacity Cases
€¢ Bearing capacity of layered soils
€¢ Bearing capacity of foundations on top of a slope


Day II

Settlement Analysis for Shallow Foundation
€¢ Stress due to different loaded areas
€¢ Elastic settlement based on the theory of elasticity
€¢ Settlement of sandy soil: use of strain influence factor
€¢ Range of material parameters for computing elastic settlement 
€¢ Primary consolidation settlement relationships 
€¢ Consolidation settlement - case history
€¢ Settlement due to secondary consolidation
€¢ Allowable bearing pressure in sand based on settlement consideration
€¢ Presumptive bearing capacity 
€¢ Tolerable settlement of buildings
€¢ Worked examples

Shallow Foundation Design Workshop

Deep Foundations 
€¢ Types of deep foundations
€¢ Bearing capacity of single piles in sand
€¢ Bearing capacity of single piles in clay
€¢ Pullout capacity of piles
€¢ Estimation of pile length 
€¢ Stresses on underlying strata



Deep Foundations (Continued) 
€¢ Settlements of pile groups
€¢ Pile caps
€¢ Pile driving formulas
€¢ Negative skin friction
€¢ Pile tests

Pile Design Workshop

Retaining Structures
€¢ Earth pressures
€¢ Retaining structures
€¢ Excavations

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule:
    Registration and Coffee (1st day only)
8:30    Session begins
12:00  Lunch 
4:00    Adjournment

There will be a one hour lunch break in addition to a refreshments and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Hany El Naggar
Hany El Naggar, Ph.D., P.Eng., M. CSCE, M.ASCE, M.ACI is an Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick with more than 15 years of experience in civil construction, geotechnical and structural engineering and research in Canada and overseas. He has participated in several structural and geotechnical investigations, and is experienced in analysis and design of foundations and soil-structure interaction of buried infrastructures. He has developed a simplified technique to account for the group Effect in pile dynamics; and closed form solutions for the moments and thrusts in jointed and un-jointed composite lining systems, designed several foundation systems ranging from machine foundations subjected to dynamic loads to raft foundations for underground structure, as well as several tunnels and underground structures.
Hany has several publications in refereed journals and conferences. He serves as a reviewer for several geotechnical journals including the Canadian Geotechnical Journal and the Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering Journal. He is the recipient of the 2005-2006 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western. Prof. El Naggar won the 2006 L. G. Soderman Award, the 2005 R.M. Quigley Award, and the 2004 Milos Novak Memorial Award. He is the past Vice President for Engineering at the Centre for Research & Consultancy, ALHOSN University, UAE. He has given several workshops and short courses on various geotechnical engineering topics including Foundation Design and Buried Infrastructures Design and they are very well received by practitioners.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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