Foundation Design Workshop (1.8 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
12:00pm MST - Session begins
3:00pm MST - Adjournment
This course is divided into six sessions. Each session will be 3 hours in duration. The sessions will be held on July 12, 13, 15, 16, 22, & 23.
If you register & are unable to attend, a recording will be provided. 

This course deals with all aspects of modern good practice in foundation design. These include: the importance of both the geological and geotechnical aspects of the ground conditions, current limit analysis methods for bearing capacity, and definition of factors of safety. The various settlement analyses and their underlying assumptions and reliability are discussed, together with a thorough treatment of the design of piled foundations.


The main objective of this workshop is to enable participants to select the best foundation solution for different types of civil engineering problems. 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. The information is supplied in a simple and systematic way, discussing topics where current knowledge is lacking and more understanding is needed.

Who Should Attend

Structural engineers, civil engineers, 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.

The course will be of interest to a wide range of practising civil engineers at different stages in their careers. Some familiarization with soil mechanics is desirable but the knowledge is not required at a specialist level.

Special Features

The three-day course will consist of a series of lectures and workshops. Worked examples with numerical reference will reinforce the lectures. Case studies which illustrate the full range of problems are a feature of the course. There will be workshops on bearing capacity, shallow and deep foundation design, settlement analysis.
You will receive a limited license and in class demo of UNIPILE, UNISETTLE and UNIBEAR software.
Required Materials
Laptop and standard engineering calculator.

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.

Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed an analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction.

Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction.


  • Allowable Stress Design
  • Load and Resistance Factor Design 


  • Introduction
  • Design Procedures
  • Allowable Stress Design (ASD)
  • Shortcomings of ASD
  • Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD)
  • Advantages and Limitations of LRFD
  • Review of Statistics and Probability Concepts
  • Statistical Descriptors
  • Probability Density Functions
  • Probability of Failure
  • Reliability Index
  • Resistance Statistics
  • Load Statistics


  • Introduction
  • Load Considerations for Geotechnical Design of Substructures
  • Permanent Loads
  • Dead Loads DC, DW and EV
  • Downdrag Load DD
  • Lateral Earth Pressure Load EH
  • Earth Surcharge Load ES
  • Live Load Surcharge LS
  • Earthquake Force EQ
  • Ice Load –IC
  • Load Factors and Load Combinations
  • Loads on Foundations and Retaining Walls
  • Earth Loads


  • Introduction
  • Planning Exploration and Testing Programs
  • Soil and Rock Variability
  • Field Test Methods
  • Cone Penetration Testing
  • Vane Shear Testing
  • Pressuremeter Test
  • Other Methods
  • Undisturbed Sampling
  • Rock Coring
  • Ground Water Location
  • Laboratory Test Methods
  • Soil Index Testing
  • Rock Index Testing
  • Engineering Property Testing of Soil
  • Engineering Property Testing of Rock
  • Local Geologic Problem Conditions
  • Example Problem: Develop Site Specific Resistance Factors from Field and Laboratory Test Data



  • Test Method Selection
  • Field Test Methods
  • Shear Strength
  • Compressibility
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Compressibility
  • Index Tests
  • Parameter Evaluation
  • Reliability of Tests for Estimating Design Parameters
  • Field Test Methods
  • Shear Strength
  • Effective Stress Strength
  • Total Stress Strength
  • Compressibility
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Design Parameter Selection and Resistance Factors
  • Example Problem: Characterization Planning


  • Introduction
  • Design Methods 
  • ASD Summary
  • LRFD Summary
  • Limit States 
  • Resistance Factors
  • Comparison of Spread Footing Design Using LRFD and ASD 
  • Modification of Resistance Factors 
  • Summarized Comparison of ASD and LRFD 
  • Performance Limits
  • Displacements and Tolerable Movement Criteria 
  • Bearing Resistance
  • Sliding Resistance
  • Load Eccentricity (Overturning)
  • Overall Stability 
  • Structural Resistance
  • Other Considerations 
  • Footing Embedment
  • Buoyancy and Uplift 
  • Student Exercise: Bearing Resistance of Spread Footings on Sand 
  • Student Problem: Footing Design on Soil Using ASD and LRFD


  • Introduction
  • Design Methods 
  • ASD Summary
  • LRFD Summary
  • Limit States 
  • Resistance Factors
  • Comparison of Driven Pile Design Using LRFD and ASD 
  • Geotechnical Design 
  • Structural Design 
  • Modification of Resistance Factors 
  • Geotechnical Design 
  • Structural Design 
  • Summarized Comparison of LRFD and ASD 
  • Performance Limits
  • Displacements and Tolerable Movement Criteria 
  • Axial Resistance
  • Geotechnical Resistance 
  • Structural Resistance
  • Lateral Resistance 
  • Other Considerations 
  • Group Effects 
  • Negative Loading
  • Uplift Loading
  • Driving Stresses and Driveability 
  • Fixity of PileCap Connection 
  • Student Problem: Comparison of Pile Designs Using ASD and LRFD 
  • Student Exercise: Pile Capacity Evaluation by Nordlund Method 
  • Design Methods 
  • ASD Summary
  • LRFD Summary
  • Limit States 
  • Resistance Factors 
  • Comparison of Wall Design Using LRFD and ASD 
  • Modification of Resistance Factors
  • Summarized Comparison of ASD and LRFD 
  • Performance Limits
  • Displacements and Tolerable Movement Criteria 
  • Geotechnical Resistance 
  • Structural Resistance
  • Other Considerations 
  • Loss of Passive Resistance 
  • Drainage 
  • Design Example: Cantilever Retaining Wall on Spread Footing by LRFD and ASD
  • Types of Machine Foundations
  • General Requirements of Machine Foundations dimensional Criteria
  • Design Data
  • Dynamic Loads Induced in Simple Crank Mechanisms
  • Permissible Amplitudes
  • Permissible Bearing Pressure
  • Types of Ground Anchors
  • Straight Shaft Gravity-Grouted Ground Anchors
  • Straight Shaft Pressure-Grouted Ground Anchors
  • Post-grouted Ground Anchors
  • Underreamed Anchors
  • Tendon Materials
  • Steel Bar and Strand Tendons
  • Spacers and Centralizers
  • Epoxy-Coated Bar and Epoxy-Coated Filled Strand
  • Other Anchor Types and Tendon Materials
  • Cement Grout

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OS: iOS 6 or newer

OS: Android 2.2 or higher

Course Materials

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