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The main objective of this workshop is to apply the principles of Soil Mechanics to the design and analyses of geotechnical structures and enable participants to select the best foundation solution for different types of civil engineering problems.

Course Outline
The main objective of this workshop is to apply the principles of Soil Mechanics to the design and analyses of geotechnical structures and enable participants to select the best foundation solution for different types of civil engineering problems. After completing the course, participants should be able to design deep and shallow foundations and supervise their construction. The course philosophy is to provide the participants with the information they need to design foundations.

The information is supplied in a simple and systematic way, discussing topics where current knowledge is lacking and more understanding is needed. With the instructor’s long experience in design, construction and teaching of the foundation engineering topics, you will get the maximum benefits you are looking for.

  • Characterization of natural deposits, subsurface investigation, field measurements.
  • Design procedures for settlement and stability of shallow and deep foundation systems in soil and rock.
  • Design of excavations and retaining structures; slopes and embankments.
  • Seepage through dams and landfills and the control of seepage through the use of filters and low permeability layers including the use of geosynthetic liners and filters.
Target Audience

Consultant, structural, civil engineers, college and university faculty, public works and construction department employees of federal, provincial and municipal governments; engineers responsible for large industrial, commercial or institutional facilities who must deal with different types of foundations.

The course will be of interest to a wide range of practicing civil engineers at different stages in their careers. Some familiarization with soil mechanics is desirable but the knowledge is not required at a specialist level. The course will be most beneficial to geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, foundation designers, project engineers, and highway/bridge engineers who are involved in the design and construction of foundations.

Special Features

The three full-day course will consist of a series of lectures and workshops. Worked examples with numerical reference will reinforce the lectures. 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, and settlement analysis.   
A software called UniBear , UniPile and UniSettle, with limited time full license will be demonstrated in class.

Required Material
  • Standard Engineering calculator  and lap top for in class  software demo.
Program Outline (1.8 CEUs / 18 PDHs)

Revision of Soil Mechanics topics


  • Foundation: Definition and Purpose
  • Foundation Classifications
  • Design Load for Foundations
  • General Requirements of Foundation

Soil Exploration, Sampling and In-Situ Soil Testing

  • Purpose of soil exploration and soil Origin.
  • Methods of Exploration
  • Planning of subsurface exploration Program
  • Procedure of soil sampling and boring
  • The Standard Penetration Test
  • Cone penetration test
  • Van shear test
  • Core Sampling
  • Observation of water Table Location
  • Depth and Number of Borings
  • Soil exploration report

Ultimate Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations

  • Introduction
  • Terzaghi's bearing capacity Theory 
  • Meyerhof's bearing capacity Theory
  • Effect of Water Table on Bearing Capacity
  • Footings with Eccentric or Inclined Loads
  • Bearing Capacity from SPT and CPT Testing
  • Bearing Capacity of Footings on Slopes
  • Bearing Capacity of Foundations in Layered Soils
  • Safety Factors in Foundation Design and Allowable Bearing Capacity

Foundation Settlements

  • Types of foundation settlements
  • Methods of Computing Immediate (Elastic) Settlements
  • Consolidation Settlements
  • Reliability of Settlement Computations 
  • Structural Tolerance to Total Settlement and Differential Settlements

Mat Foundation

  • Types of Mat Foundation
  • Bearing Capacity of Mat Foundation
  • Settlement of Mat Foundation
  • Structural design of Mat Foundation

Retaining Structures

  • Forces on Retaining Structures
  • Stability of Walls and Sheet Piles
  • Allowable Bearing Capacity
  • Settlements
  • Tilting and overturning

Deep Foundation

  • Bearing Capacity of Single Piles
  • Stresses on Underlying Strata
  • Settlements of Pile Groups
  • Pile Caps
  • Pile Driving Formulas
  • Negative Skin Friction
  • Pile Tests
  • Pier and Caissons Foundation

Slope Stability

  • Stability of Slopes
  • Factor of safety

The participant is expected to learn:

  • Design of Shallow and deep Foundations
  • Settlement analyses for shallow and deep foundations
  • Improvement techniques for foundation soils
  • The definition of capacity of deep foundations
  • Methods of calculating the axial capacity of driven piles
  • Pile/shaft group behavior
  • How to select a sound foundation system
Instructor Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering. 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 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

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.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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