Foundation Design

Online /
May 2 - 4, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-0505-ONL23

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30am to 5:30 pm Eastern Time

After participating in this course, you should be able to

  • Understand the principles of foundation design, and identify issues and challenges
  • Determine appropriate site exploration and laboratory characterization programs suitable for foundation projects
  • Prescribe design requirements as per the foundation engineering provisions in the national and provincial standards
  • Apply your comprehensive understanding of foundation design to increase your effectiveness on your projects.

This short course will focus on the analysis and design of both shallow and deep foundation systems to resist vertical and horizontal loads coming from various superstructures including buildings, bridges, power plants, etc. This course will help the participants to better understand foundation engineering and learn from experts in geotechnical engineering on how to design a safe and sustainable foundation system in various site and loading conditions.

All key concepts and guidelines will be explained and emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the information provided.

Course Outline:

  • Site investigation for foundation design
  • Bearing capacity of shallow foundations
  • Settlement of shallow foundation
  • Design of mat (raft) foundations
  • Pile foundations under vertical loads
  • Pile foundations under lateral loads
  • Design of pile foundation systems
  • Case studies

Who Should Attend
Engineers • Technologists • Technicians • General Contractors in All Disciplines (Civil, Structural, Transportation, Environmental, Municipal, Transportation, Construction, Mining, Plant Engineers, Geologists and Earth Scientists 

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

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Day I: Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

  • Basic Soil Mechanics Concepts Required for Foundation Design
  • Shear Strength of Soils
  • Subsurface Investigations
  • Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations

Day II

  • Settlement of Shallow Foundations
  • Design of Mat Foundations
  • Case Studies
  • Deep Foundations
  • Load Transfer of Pile Foundations Under Vertical Loads


  • Settlement of Single Pile and Pile Groups
  • Lateral Capacity of Pile Foundations
  • Lateral Deflection of Pile Foundations
  • Design Considerations for Pile Foundations
  • Case Studies

Questions and Answers, and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


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

Mohammad T. Rayhani, PhD., P. Eng., is an associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Director of Geoengineering Research Group at Carleton University. He has over 20 years of industrial and research experience in the field of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, and has been involved in many engineering projects around the world in foundation design, landfill barrier systems, retaining walls, embankment dams and slope stability. His research mainly focuses on advanced foundation systems, soil and foundation improvement solutions for seismic resistant design, foundation design in permafrost, and geotechnical aspects of landfill design. 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 member of CGS, OGG, ASCE, ISMFE, and a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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