Foundation Engineering

Foundation Engineering
Soil investigation, bearing capacity and settlement, design of spread footings, combined footings, mat foundations, pile foundations, and drilled shafts.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCE EN 341; or equivalent.
 ProgramsContaining CE EN 442
Course Outcomes

Settlement Magnitude

1. Estimate the settlement within a compressible soil layer due to applied loads from fill, embankent and buildings

Time Rate of Settlement

2. Estimate the time-settlement relationships for soils due to applied loads. Use design approaches for accelerating consolidation rate (e.g. wick drains and surcharging)

Soil Bearing Pressure

3. Determine the allowable soil bearing pressure for spread footings on saturated clays and sand giving consideration to shear failure and settlement

Design Spread Footings

4. Design square and rectangular reinforced concrete footings

Design Combined Footings

5. Design combined reinforced concrete foundatiosn using both conventional approaches and elastic methods (beam on an elastic foundation).

Design Mat Foundations

6. Design reinforced concrete mat foundations using both the conventional method and elastic methods (e.g. finite element models)

Pile capacity

7. Estimate the single pile capacity and group pile capacity for piles in sand and clay

Pile Group Settlement

8. Estimate the settlement of a pile group in saturated clay

Drilled Shaft Capacity

9. Compute the capacity of drilled shafts in clay and sand. Understand critical components of construction that influence capacity.

Select Suitable Foundation

10. Characterize a subsurface profile using insitu techniques and determine the most suitable foundation type to support a given structure.