Design of Shallow Foundations

Online /
Oct 1 - 2, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0917-ONL24

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  • Syllabus
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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 shallow foundations for the different loading and soil conditions
  • Identify the different factors affecting the performance of shallow foundations
  • Understand the procedures to design shallow foundations to withstand compressive, uplift and horizontal loads in cohesionless and cohesive soils
  • Structural and geotechnical designs of shallow foundations as per the most commonly used design references in North America, including CSA A23.3, CHBDC S6-19, AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and the Canadian Foundation Manual

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, calculations of the applied pressure, estimation of the carrying capacity and the evaluation of long and short-term settlement components. A preliminary introduction to the mat foundation's design and analysis will also be covered.

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

Course Outline

  • Background and introduction
  • Overview of soil properties affecting shallow foundation performance
  • 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: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


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
  • The 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 a Principal Engineer at Atlantic Industries Limited and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. El-Sharnouby has been developing and designing geostructural systems for over 15 years. His expertise includes underground structures, marine terminal infrastructure, linear infrastructure, surface mining, machine foundations, geodynamic engineering, computational geomechanics and sustainability. He was recently involved in designing and constructing the largest span buried structure, which earned a Guinness World Record in the UAE.

His global expertise extends from North America, South America, and the Middle East to New Zealand. Dr. Meckkey earned his master’s and Ph.D. from Western University, authored several publications and presented at numerous international conferences. He is involved in developing 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 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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