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CEG3203 : Foundation Design

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Agostino Bruno
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims:

To explain the principles and theories of the design of shallow and deep foundations

To apply the concepts of foundations design through practical examples

To develop the design skills of a geotechnical engineer

To show the different foundation construction techniques

To introduce the concepts of soil-structure interaction

Summary: This module will build upon the basic soil mechanics principles and demonstrate how they are used for the design of shallow and deep foundations.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide an introduction to the design of both shallow and deep foundations. Different types of shallow foundations will be presented: pad footing, strip footing and raft footing. Students will learn to calculate settlements in both cohesive and granular soils. The bearing capacity of shallow foundations will be calculated accounting for the shape of the foundation and inclination of the loads. This module will also present deep foundations. Classification criteria and methods of installation of piles will be presented. Students will calculate settlements of deep foundations in the case of a single pile and of a group of piles. The bearing capacity of piles subjected to vertical actions will also be determined. This module will also cover the basic concepts of soil-structure interactions.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Computer assessment Coursework – Design exercise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Non-synchronous online lecture materials (10 hours recordings considering 2x students delivery).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Lectures (to integrate Non-synchronous online learning) and Tutorials – (PiP)
Guided Independent StudySkills practice120:0020:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning (Canvas quizzes,Numbas,Worked examples, Tutorials)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:0015:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time101:0010:00Synchronous online drop-in sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The principles of foundations design and analysis are taught in lectures with several problem-solving small group teaching activities in order to gain an understanding of the design procedures. Analytical and numerical methods are taught during lectures and applied during the tutorial sessions. These methodologies will be used in the design exercise set as the assessment for the module.

If we still have to socially distance, tutorial and practical sessions will be delivered online synchronous and Non-synchronous.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1A80Design Exercise
Computer assessment1M20PC Exam - Design Exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the foundations design process and the engineering theory it is based upon.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students would be assessed with a 2 hours unseen written exam. The coursework will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the geotechnical design process and the engineering theory it is based upon. The exam will consist of 2 parts: one on shallow foundation design and one on deep foundation design. The use of Eurocode 7 concepts in the design of geotechnical structures will be tested.

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