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Description: This course has been designed to enlighten anyone who is not a civil engineer with the basics of Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering. There is no need for a civil engineering background as the civil engineering concepts will not be introduced in depth. This course deals with basic aspects of modern good practice in geotechnical and foundation design. These include: the importance of both the geological and geotechnical aspects of the ground conditions, simple estimation of bearing capacity, and definition of factors of safety. The settlement analysis and their importance and reliability are discussed, together with a thorough treatment of the design of piled foundations. Objective: The main objective of this workshop is to enable participants to participate efficiently in foundation type selection for different types of civil engineering problems. After completing the course participants should be able to understand the design of shallow and deep foundations and effectively contribute to their understanding of construction procedures. The course philosophy is to improve the participant’s knowledge about the geotechnical systems. The information is supplied in a simple and systematic way, discussing topics where current knowledge is lacking and more understanding is needed. Target Audience: Mechanical engineers, Electrical engineers; 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; management staff and project managers. Civil engineering technicians, technologists; junior civil engineers and civil engineers of all levels who are looking to refresh their memory and gain a better understanding of Geotechnical and Foundation Design. The course will be of interest to a wide range of practising engineers at different stages in their careers. Familiarisation with soil mechanics is not required. Special Features: The two-day course will consist of a series of lectures and workshops. A workshop on foundation type selection procedure will be given. Case studies which illustrate the full range of problems are a feature of the course. There will be workshops on bearing capacity, shallow and deep foundation design, settlement analysis. A market review for available foundation construction methodologies and its constructability will be provided. Program Outline: DAY I ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF SOIL Introduction Grain-size distribution Size limits for soils Weight Volume relationships Relative density Atterberg limits Effective stress concept Shear strength of soils SUBSOIL EXPLORATION Purpose of soil exploration Subsurface exploration program Exploratory borings in the field Procedures for sampling soil Observation of water tables Vane shear test Cone penetration test Preparation of boring logs Geophysical exploration Subsoil exploration report 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 DAY II SETTLEMENT PREDICTION FOR SHALLOW AND DEEP 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 DEEP FOUNDATION Types of deep foundations Introduction to pile foundations Pile foundation design Load on piles Bearing Capacity of Single Piles in sand Bearing Capacity of Single Piles in clay Estimation of pile length Stresses on Underlying Strata Pile group design Installation-test-and factor of safety Pile installation methods Test piles Factors of safety Settlements of Pile Groups Pile Caps Pile Driving Formulas Negative Skin Friction Pile Tests Pile design workshop Learning Outcomes: The definition of capacity of deep foundations Methods of calculating the axial capacity of piles Pile driving methods and testing Construction methods for pile foundations Pile/shaft response to lateral load Pile/shaft group behaviour How to design and select a deep foundation system Develop the ability to judge when shallow foundations should be considered. List the failure modes of shallow foundations Predict the consolidation settlement of shallow foundations on cohesive soils Identify problematic soils that may be encountered Better Understanding of construction inspection and performance monitoring of shallow and deep foundations Instructor Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is adjunct professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario. He has over 25 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas. Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada, and former senior geotechnical engineer at EBA Engineering, Trow Consulting, Sarafinchin Associates and DST Consulting Engineering. Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction. Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction. Dr. Abdelaziz is a member in different professional societies such as APEGGA, PEO, CGS, CDA, TAC and ABPA. He is also a reviewer for the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
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1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs

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