Department of Civil Engineering

Foundation Engineering - CE522

Credits : 2

Prerequisites : CE310

Compulsory/Optional : Optional

To impart knowledge and understanding of bearing capacity theory, analysis and design of foundations, foundations subjected to lateral loads and under difficult ground conditions, foundations subjected to dynamic loads and special considerations in the construction of foundations.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Analyse and design a suitable shallow foundation under different ground and loading conditions including dynamic loading.
  2. Analyse and design a deep foundation under various ground and loading conditions.
  3. Recognise and characterize engineering properties of problematic soils and design an appropriate foundation accordingly.
  4. Improve existing foundations to suit new situations.
Course content/Course description
  1. Special foundations, shallow foundations under inclined loads, foundations on slopes
  2. Flexible design of foundations
  3. Deep foundations, pile groups, laterally loaded piles, negative skin friction, piles in tension
  4. Machine foundations
  5. Foundations under difficult ground conditions (collapsible, expansive, peat, sanitary landfills)
  6. Improvement of existing foundations
Recommended Texts
  1. Bell, FG 2013, Foundation engineering in difficult ground, Elsevier.
  2. Bowles, JE 1997, Foundation analysis and design, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill, Singapore.
  3. Das, BM 2011, Principles of foundation engineering, 7th edn, Cengage-Learning, USA.
  4. Gunarathna, M 2013, The foundation engineering handbook, CRC Press.
  5. Malcolm, S 1998, Geomembranes and the control of expansive soils in construction, McGraw-Hill.
  6. Winterkorn, HF 1975, Foundation engineering handbook, Van Nostrand Reinhold.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 26
Tutorials 04
Practical -
Assignments -
Assessment Percentage Marks
Tutorials/Assignment/Quizzes 40
End-semester 60

Department of Civil Engineering