Fundamentals of Geotechnical Design (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
12:00pm MST - Session begins
3:00pm MST - Adjournment
This course is divided into four sessions. Each session will be 3 hours in duration. The sessions will be held on June 7, 8, 14 & 15.
If you are unable to attend any of the sessions a recording will be made available.

The main objective of this workshop is to apply the principles of Soil Mechanics to the design and analyses of geotechnical structures and 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 deep and shallow foundations and supervise their construction. The course philosophy is to provide the participants with the information they need to design foundations.
The information is supplied in a simple and systematic way, discussing topics where current knowledge is lacking and more understanding is needed. With the instructor’s long experience in design, construction and teaching of the foundation engineering topics, you will get the maximum benefits you are looking for.


  • Characterization of natural deposits, subsurface investigation, field measurements.
  • Design procedures for settlement and stability of shallow and deep foundation systems in soil and rock.
  • Design of excavations and retaining structures; slopes and embankments.
  • Seepage through dams and landfills and the control of seepage through the use of filters and low permeability layers including the use of geosynthetic liners and filters.
Target Audience
Consultant, structural, civil engineers, college and university faculty, public works and construction department employees of federal, provincial and municipal governments; 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 practicing 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. The course will be most beneficial to geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, foundation designers, project engineers, and highway/bridge engineers who are involved in the design and construction of foundations.

Special Features
The two-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 foundation, and settlement analysis.    

Required Material
  • Standard Engineering calculator and lap top for in class software demo.
The participant is expected to learn:
  • Design of Shallow and deep Foundations
  • Settlement analyses for shallow and deep foundations
  • Improvement techniques for foundation soils
  • The definition of capacity of deep foundations
  • Methods of calculating the axial capacity of driven piles
  • Pile/shaft group behavior
  • How to select a sound foundation system

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.

Revision of Soil Mechanics topics

  • Foundation: Definition and Purpose
  • Foundation Classifications
  • Design Load for Foundations
  • General Requirements of Foundation
Soil Exploration, Sampling and In-Situ Soil Testing
  • Purpose of soil exploration and soil origin
  • Methods of Exploration
  • Planning of subsurface exploration Program
  • Procedure of soil sampling and boring
  • The Standard Penetration Test
  • Cone penetration test
  • Van shear test
  • Core Sampling
  • Observation of water Table Location
  • Depth and Number of Borings
  • Soil exploration report
Ultimate Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations
  • Introduction
  • Terzaghi's bearing capacity Theory
  • Meyerhof's bearing capacity Theory
  • Effect of Water Table on Bearing Capacity
  • Footings with Eccentric or Inclined Loads
  • Bearing Capacity from SPT and CPT Testing
  • Bearing Capacity of Footings on Slopes
  • Bearing Capacity of Foundations in Layered Soils
  • Safety Factors in Foundation Design and Allowable Bearing Capacity
Foundation Settlements
  • Types of foundation settlements
  • Methods of Computing Immediate (Elastic) Settlements
  • Consolidation Settlements
  • Reliability of Settlement Computations
  • Structural Tolerance to Total Settlement and Differential Settlements
Mat Foundation
  • Types of Mat Foundation
  • Bearing Capacity of Mat Foundation
  • Settlement of Mat Foundation
  • Structural design of Mat Foundation
Retaining Structures
  • Forces on Retaining Structures
  • Stability of Walls and Sheet Piles
  • Allowable Bearing Capacity
  • Settlements
  • Tilting and overturning
Slope Stability
  • Stability of Slopes
  • Factor of safety

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