Design of Deep Foundations

Online /
Dec 5 - 6, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1202-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess the suitability of the different pile types for the different loading and soil conditions
  • Identify the factors affecting the axial and lateral performance of piles
  • Determine the axial and lateral capacities and deflections of single piles and pile groups in cohesive and cohesionless soils
  • Understand the axial and lateral pile load tests, including the test setups and the loading procedures
  • Interpret pile load test results

This course is intended to develop an understanding of the theories and procedures required to design statically loaded deep foundation systems. The different types of piles will be discussed. This includes the installation techniques and subsequent effects, the load transfer mechanisms and the suitability of varying pile geometries for the different loading and soil conditions. Clear design procedures will be given in this course for piles to withstand compressively, pullout and lateral loads. This includes piles installed in cohesive and cohesionless soils at drained and undrained conditions.

The design of pile groups, including the carrying capacity of pile groups and the resulting axial and lateral deflections, will also be covered. Pile load testing procedures will also be discussed where the different test setups, regimes and interpretation techniques will be presented. Finally, special design cases and practical design implications will be discussed.

Course Outline:

  • Background and introduction
  • Design of axially loaded piles
  • Design of laterally loaded piles
  • Design of pile group
  • Pile load testing
  • Special cases

Who Should Attend:
Geotechnical Engineers • Project Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Technicians intending to expand their knowledge of deep foundations

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1

Background and Introduction

  • Pile types and classification
  • Installation techniques and effects
  • Load transfer mechanism

Design of Axially Loaded Piles

  • Single pile compressive and pullout capacity
  • Piles in cohesive and cohesionless soils
  • Drained and undrained conditions
  • Empirical correlations
  • Soil design parameters
  • Axial settlement calculation

Ultimate Limit State Vs Working Stress Design

Day 2

Design of Laterally Loaded Piles

  • Calculation of single pile lateral capacity
  • Piles in cohesive and cohesionless soils
  • Determination of lateral deflection

Design of Pile Group

  • Supporting the capacity of axial and laterally loaded pile groups
  • Piles in cohesive and cohesionless soils
  • Axial settlement and lateral deflection of pile groups

Pile Load Testing

  • Compressive, pullout and lateral testing
  • Tests’ setup and procedure
  • Results interpretation

Special Cases

  • Negative skin friction
  • Tapered, battered and H-piles


Mohammad Rayhani, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. M.T. Rayhani is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and the director of Geo-engineering Research Group at Carleton University. He has over a decade of experience in research, teaching and engineering consulting, and has collaborated extensively with industry leaders worldwide. He has received research grants from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Transport Canada, and other funding agencies.

Dr. Rayhani has presented short courses, seminars, and guest lectures on various topics related to frontier research in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering in Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Italy, India, Iran, and other countries. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and he is the author of over 50 publications in different areas of geo-engineering.

Dr. Rayhani is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

The Engineering Institute of Canada

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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