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Description: Foundation Engineering is an important component of any project. All super-structures are to be supported on well-designed foundations for their safety and subsequent performance. The course imparts the principles of foundation analysis and design. This course provides the participants with the necessary skills to design shallow foundation systems. This course presents the analysis, design, and constructive aspects of shallow foundations and other typical components of foundations works, such as site investigation, for foundation engineering, also addresses the importance of both the geological and geotechnical aspects of the ground conditions, current limit analysis methods for bearing capacity, and definition of factors of safety. The various settlement analyses and their underlying assumptions and reliability are discussed. The participants will receive an exercises book which is an interactive teaching tool for the course, enabling participants to be actively involved in the learning experience. Objective: The main objective of this workshop is to 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 shallow 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. The information is supplied in a simple and systematic way, discussing topics where current knowledge is lacking and more understanding is needed. Participants are expected to learn: The definition of capacity of Shallow foundations Analytical methods of shallow foundation design Software application used in design of shallow foundations How to perform a shallow foundation settlement analyses manually and by use of software Methods to accelerate consolidation settlement and stabilize problem soils How to design a shallow foundation system Target Audience: 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. This 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 . While the discussion topics are technical in nature, those who are not engineer will not be overwhelmed because the instruction is kept to an enjoyable and easy-to-understand level. Course Outcome: Recognize that you must first determine the soil profile and the soil properties in order to choose the appropriate foundation type. Be able to calculate the estimated settlement and differential settlement of a shallow foundation and determine the bearing capacity. Understand how to determine the advantages and disadvantages of a given foundation type. Be able to calculate the foundation ultimate capacity. Recognize what engineering principles are illustrated by case histories. Be able to design a geotechnical field investigation and follow through with design recommendations based on engineering judgment and calculations presented in a written report. Recognize the basics of foundation design practice including: settlement prediction, bearing capacity of shallow foundations. Be able to approach a foundation design problem as a consultant and determine the prime geotechnical issues, the preferred investigative approach and design alternatives. Materials Required: Standard engineering calculator with scientific functions Laptop for software training (if available) Special Features: The two-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 foundation design, settlement analysis. You will receive a text book in foundation engineering and free software for bearing capacity improvement calculations: (DIMENSION - foundation improvement). A student exercise book will be used for learning interaction. You will receive: A copy of the text book: Principles of Foundation Engineering, 6th Edition, B.M. Das ($140 value) and a comprehensive set of notes which will provide valuable information back in the office for your future needs. Full edition of Settle3D software for Settlement and Consolidation Analysis, valid for a limited time. Full edition of Dimension (foundation improvement software, $50 value). Program Outline (12 PDH) Day I: Engineering Properties of Soils (Review) Soil Properties and soil classification Compaction Stress analysis Consolidation Shear strength of soils Soil behavior, fine grained soil versus coarse grained soils The effective stress concept Site Investigation Subsurface exploration program Procedures for sampling soil Observation of water tables Vane shear test CPT and SPT tests Preparation of boring logs Geophysical exploration Subsoil exploration report Interpretation of soil parameters for foundation design Shallow Foundations: Ultimate Bearing Capacity Shallow foundation types and foundation level selection General bearing capacity equation Design criteria: allowable settlement, total factor of safety, partial factors Factors affecting the bearing capacity of soils: Shape, depth, and inclination factors Effect of soil compressibility Eccentrically loaded foundations Worked examples Bearing capacity of layered soils Presumptive bearing capacity Day II: Settlement Analysis for Shallow Foundation Induced ground stress due to different loaded areas Elastic settlement based on the theory of elasticity Primary consolidation settlement relationships Consolidation settlement - case history Settlement due to secondary consolidation Allowable bearing pressure in sand based on settlement consideration Tolerable settlement of buildings Worked examples Shallow Foundation Design Workshop Mat Foundations Common types of mat foundations Combined footings Bearing capacity of mat foundations Differential settlement of mats Compensated foundation Worked examples Foundations on Difficult Soils Collapsible soil, collapse settlement Foundation design in soils not susceptible to wetting Foundation design in soils susceptible to wetting Case histories of stabilization of collapsible soil Expansive soils, laboratory measurement of swell Classification of expansive soil based on index tests Foundation considerations for expansive soils Soil Improvement Field compaction Compaction control for clay hydraulic barriers Vibroflotation, Precompression, Sand drains Prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs) Lime stabilization, Cement stabilization, Fly ash stabilization Stone columns, Sand compaction piles, Dynamic compaction Shallow foundation bearing capacity improvement using geosynthetics Dimension Software demo 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 and adjunct professor at Ryerson university, Toronto, Ontario. He has over 22 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. 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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