Design of Shallow Foundations

Online /
Oct 12 - 13, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-1009-ONL23

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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):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Assess the suitability of shallow foundations for the different loading and soil conditions
  • Identify the different factors affecting the resistance of shallow foundations
  • Understand the procedures to design shallow foundations to withstand compressive, uplift and inclined loads in cohesionless and cohesive soils
  • Carry out structural and geotechnical designs of shallow foundations as per the most commonly used design references in North America including the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual, AASHTO and the Canadian Highway Bridge Code

This course is intended to develop an understanding of the theories and procedures required to design statically loaded shallow foundations. This includes an introduction to the different configurations of shallow foundations, the calculation of the applied pressure, the estimation of the carrying capacity and the evaluation of the subsequent long and short term settlement components. A preliminary introduction to the design and analysis of mat foundation will be also covered.

The difference between the working stress design and the ultimate limit state approaches will be also discussed as suggested by the most commonly adopted design manuals in North America. The structural design of shallow foundations as well as some special design and loading conditions will be covered. Finally, a number of design examples will be discussed covering the typical soil and loading conditions.

Course Outline

  • Background and introduction
  • Design of shallow foundations - bearing capacity
  • Design of shallow foundations - settlements
  • Structural design of shallow foundations
  • Design approach
  • Special design cases
  • Design examples

Who Should Attend
Geotechnical Engineers • Structural Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Technicians intending to expand their knowledge of shallow foundations

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Day 1

Background and Introduction

  • Foundation types and classification
  • Selection of foundation type
  • Geotechnical investigation - site and lab testing

Design of Shallow Foundations - Bearing Capacity

  • Footings in/on cohesive and cohesion-less soils
  • Sliding and lateral stability
  • Eccentric and inclined loads
  • Uplift capacity of foundations
  • Net allowable bearing capacity

Design of Shallow Foundations - Settlements

  • Short term settlement
  • Long term settlement
  • Serviceability criteria

Day 2

Structural Design of Shallow Foundations

  • Applied loads
  • Load combinations
  • Reinforcement

Design Approach

  • Working stress design approach vs limit state design approach
  • Design guidelines as per the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual, AASHTO and the Canadian Highway Bridge Code

Special Design Cases

  • Foundations near slopes
  • Closely spaced shallow foundations
  • Mat foundations
  • Inspection and construction monitoring
  • Special considerations-scour, frost, drainage, seismic
  • Numerical simulation

Design Examples


Meckkey El Sharnouby, PhD, P.Eng.

Dr. Meckkey El-Sharnouby is Technical Lead - Infrastructure and Buried Bridges/ Adjunct Professor.

Dr. El-Sharnouby has been involved in developing and designing geostructural systems for the past 15 years. His expertise includes marine terminal infrastructure, linear infrastructure, surface mining, machine foundations, geodynamic engineering, computational geomechanics and sustainability. His global expertise extends from North America, South America, Middle East to New Zealand. Dr. Meckkey earned his master and PhD from Western University, and he authored several publications and presented at numerous international conferences. He is involved in the development of MSE walls and buried bridge sections in the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CSA-S6-19 and 24).

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

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

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