Distance - Foundation Design Workshop (1.8 CEU's)


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This course is approximately 4-5 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion


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.

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

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.


  • Introduction
  • Grain-size distribution
  • Size limits for soils
  • Weight Volume relationships
  • Relative density
  • Atterberg limits
  • Effective stress concept
  • Shear strength of soils


  • Purpose of soil exploration
  • Subsurface exploration program
  • Exploratory borings in the field
  • Procedures for sampling soil
  • Observation of water tables
  • Vane shear test
  • Cone penetration test
  • Preparation of boring logs
  • Geophysical exploration
  • Subsoil exploration report
  • Interpretation of soil parameters for foundation design
  • Shallow foundation types and foundation level selection


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


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


  • 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


  • Introduction
  • Combined footings
  • Common types of mat foundations
  • Bearing capacity of mat foundations
  • Differential settlement of mats
  • Field settlement observations for mat foundations
  • Compensated foundation


  • Introduction
  • Lateral earth pressure at rest
  • Rankine active earth pressure
  • Rankine active earth pressure for inclined backfill
  • Coulomb's active earth pressure
  • Worked examples


  • Stability of retaining walls
  • Check for overturning
  • Check for sliding along the base
  • Check for bearing capacity failure
  • Worked examples


  • Introduction
  • Definition and types of collapsible soil
  • Physical parameters for identification
  • Procedure for calculation collapse settlement
  • Foundation design in soils not susceptible to wetting
  • Foundation design in soils susceptible to wetting
  • Case histories of stabilization of collapsible soil
  • Expansive soils
  • Laboratory measurement of swell
  • Classification of expansive soil based on index tests
  • Foundation considerations for expansive soils


  • Correction for compaction of soils with oversized particles
  • Field compaction
  • Compaction control for clay hydraulic barriers
  • Vibroflotation
  • Precompression
  • Sand drains
  • An example of a sand drain application
  • Prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs)
  • Lime stabilization
  • Cement stabilization
  • Fly ash stabilization
  • Stone columns
  • Sand compaction piles
  • Dynamic compaction
  • Shallow foundation bearing capacity improvement using geosynthetics
  • Software demo


  • Types of deep foundations
  • Introduction to pile foundations
  • Pile foundation design
  • Load on piles
  • Bearing Capacity of Single Piles in sand
  • Bearing Capacity of Single Piles in clay
  • Estimation of pile length
  • Stresses on Underlying Strata
  • Pile group design
  • Installation-test-and factor of safety
  • Pile installation methods
  • Test piles
  • Factors of safety
  • Settlements of Pile Groups
  • Pile Caps
  • Pile Driving Formulas
  • Negative Skin Friction
  • Pile Tests
  • Pile design workshop

    Introduction to Machine Foundation Design

    • 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
    Ground Anchors
    • 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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Course Materials

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