December 2019

Foundation Design Short Course

Please Note
A regular scientific calculator is recommended for the course.
Status: Advanced online registration is now closed. Please contact Jennifer Chan at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Registration – Day 1 
8:30 AM–4:30 PM: Foundation Design Short Course – Day 1–3
Location: Blue Horizon Hotel (Seymour Room), 1225 Robson Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Hany El Naggar, P.Eng.,
Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Dalhousie University
Credit: 21 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $1,350.00 + GST = $1,417.50 until Nov 20, 2019

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $1,450.00 + GST = $1,522.50

Non-Member Price: $1,450.00 + GST = $1,522.50

Student Member Price: $750.00 + GST = $787.50
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 20, 2019 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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This short course should be of interest to geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, and civil engineers who wish to have a better understanding of the current state-of-the-art with respect to the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations. All key concepts and terminology will be explained and emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the information provided.


The main objective of this course is to equip the participants with the needed tools to select the best foundation solution for each particular project. After completing the course participants should be able to design shallow and deep foundations and supervise their construction. The course philosophy is to provide the participants with the information they need to design foundations at the state of the art.

Who Should Attend

Structural, civil, and geotechnical engineers, consulting engineers, technicians and technologists, public works and construction department employees of federal, provincial, and municipal governments and engineers responsible for large industrial, commercial, or institutional facilities who must deal with different types of foundations, and foundation construction contractors.

Special Features

The 3-day course consists of a series of lectures and workshops. Worked examples with numerical reference reinforce the lecture content. Case studies which illustrate the full range of problems are a feature of the course. There are workshops conducted under instructor guidance on bearing capacity, shallow and deep foundation design, settlement analysis, and a workshop for design examples.

Program Outline

Day 1

Geotechnical Properties of Soil

  • Introduction
  • Grain-size distribution
  • Atterberg limits
  • Effective stress concept
  • Shear strength of soils

Subsoil Exploration

  • Purpose of soil exploration
  • Subsurface exploration program
  • Geophysical exploration
  • Interpretation of soil parameters for foundation design
  • Shallow foundation types and foundation level selection

Shallow Foundations: Ultimate Bearing Capacity

  • Introduction
  • General concept
  • General bearing capacity equation
  • Shape, depth, and inclination factors
  • Effect of soil compressibility
  • Eccentrically loaded foundations
  • Combined Foundations
  • Worked examples

Special Bearing Capacity Cases

  • Bearing capacity of layered soils
  • Bearing capacity of foundations on top of a slope


Day 2

Settlement Analysis for Shallow Foundation

  • Stress due to different loaded areas
  • Elastic settlement based on the theory of elasticity
  • Settlement of sandy soil: use of strain influence factor
  • Range of material parameters for computing elastic settlement
  • Primary consolidation settlement relationships
  • Consolidation settlement – case history
  • Settlement due to secondary consolidation
  • Allowable bearing pressure in sand based on settlement consideration
  • Presumptive bearing capacity
  • Tolerable settlement of buildings
  • Worked examples

Shallow Foundation Design Workshop

Deep Foundations

  • Types of deep foundations
  • Bearing capacity of single piles in sand
  • Bearing capacity of single piles in clay
  • Pullout capacity of piles
  • Estimation of pile length
  • Stresses on underlying strata


Day 3

Deep Foundations (Continued)

  • Settlements of pile groups
  • Pile caps
  • Negative skin friction
  • Pile tests
  • Pile design workshop
  • Questions and Answers

Upon Completion of the Course, Participants will be able to:

  • Judge when shallow foundations should be considered,
  • Recognize the failure modes of shallow foundations,
  • Determine the bearing capacity of shallow foundations on soils and rocks,
  • Calculate vertical stress distribution below a shallow foundation,
  • Find the primary consolidation settlement of shallow foundations on cohesive and non-cohesive soils,
  • Describe procedures for construction inspection and performance monitoring of shallow foundations,
  • Use analytical techniques for shallow and deep foundation systems,
  • Develop design skills from hands-on practical design examples as well as skills for foundation settlement analyses, and
  • Achieve confidence in the design of pile foundations.


Dr. Hany El Naggar, P.Eng.

Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Dalhousie University

Hany has more than 20 years of experience in civil construction, geotechnical, and structural engineering and research in Canada and overseas. He has participated in several structural and geotechnical investigations, and is experienced in analysis and design of foundations and soil-structure interaction of buried infrastructure. Dr. El Naggar and his research team has investigated the soil-structure interaction (SSI) effects around buried infrastructure, explored innovative use of tire derived aggregate (TDA) as a buffer zone to create stress arching and reduce demand on rigid culverts, proposed an earth pressure reduction system using geogrid reinforced platform bridging system to reduce stresses on buried utilities, and developed innovative “cellular” precast concrete pipe system. He also has developed a simplified technique to account for the group effect in pile dynamics, and closed form solutions for the moments and thrusts in jointed and un-jointed composite lining systems, designed several foundation systems ranging from machine foundations subjected to dynamic loads to raft foundations for underground structure, as well as several tunnels and underground structures in the United States, Europe, and Canada.

The findings from Dr. El Naggar’s research have been reported in more than 65 technical publications covering both experimental and numerical work in the fields of soil-structure interaction, buried infrastructure and concrete pipes. He is the recipient of the 2005–2006 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western. Prof. El Naggar won the 2006 L.G. Soderman Award, the 2005 R.M. Quigley Award, and the 2004 Milos Novak Memorial Award. Dr. El Naggar is the current chair of the Buried Structures Committee, CSCE, also, he is member of the technical committee on buried structures of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CHBDC). In addition, he is the current editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Civil Infrastructure.

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