Practical Machine Foundation Design Workshop (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
12pm MST - Session begins
3pm MST - Adjournment
This course is divided into four sessions. Each session will be 3 hours in duration. The sessions will be held on May 3, 4, 10 & 11.
If you are unable to attend any of the sessions a recording will be made available.
It is often the case in foundation design that understanding of machine, foundation and soil data can be lacking. Machine data is often used at the foundation design stage without proper awareness of its concepts. Better communication between foundation designer and machine manufacturer can serve to improve the foundation performance and thus machine performance; which can go some way to rectify this problem. Therefore it is imperative that those involved in the foundation design process completely understand all the relevant constraints.

This course will focus on the improvements needed in the design process; with the sole objective of enabling practicing engineers to understand the dynamics of machine foundation system. The course covers basic fundamentals necessary for understanding and evaluating the dynamic responses of a machine foundation system. The main focus of the course will be to cover the following systems: Rotary Machines, Reciprocating Machines and Vibration Isolation System.

The course is aimed primarily at practicing engineers as well as for engineers at the junior level.

Design of industrial machine foundations is a composite discipline, involving elements of; structural engineering (statics and dynamics), foundation, geotechnical and mechanical engineering.

The objective of this course is to improve participants’ understanding of machine foundation design. This will result in the improved performance of machines with different types of equipment.
Who Should Attend
This course would be beneficial to;
  • Structural engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • 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.
Special Feature:
  • Participants will work on several design project examples under instructor guidance.
  • A design software demo (Dyna 6) will be demonstrated in class with comparison of other available commercial software.
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • Analyze which foundation system should be considered in a specific design.
  • Recognize the important aspects of foundation dynamic behavior; and the limitations of different models used for dynamic analysis of foundations.
  • Determine the stiffness and damping constants of shallow and deep foundations.
  • Calculate the response of shallow and deep foundations to dynamic loads.
  • Find the natural frequencies of foundation systems.
  • Specify suitable field and laboratory investigation programs for foundations subjected to dynamic loads.
  • Develop modeling skills for design of foundations subjected to dynamic loads.
  • Achieve confidence in the design of foundations subjected to dynamic loads.
  • Gain comprehensive evaluation of Site Soil Data
  • Achieve better understanding of Machine Data and its use in foundation design
  • Apply improvement in the Design Modeling and analyses Techniques
  • Estimate the proper vibration isolation for your machineries
  • Choose the most efficient equipment foundation for your application
  • Understand the soil dynamic interaction with equipment foundation
  • Estimate the different machineries dynamic loads
  • Understand the dynamic soil foundation interaction
  • Design deep and shallow foundations for machines
  • Design the proper shallow or deep foundation for dynamic loading conditions
Special Features
  • Participants will work on several design project examples under instructor guidance.
  • DYNA Software
Two full case studies will be analyzed using DYNA software; including modeling procedures and analyses results.

Case 1: Injection pump foundation dynamic analysis concrete block FDN without piles.

Case 2: Mainline pump foundation dynamic analysis - concrete block FDN with 10 piles.

Dynamic soil properties will be reasonably assumed.

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 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
Fundamentals of Soil Dynamics
  • Static and dynamic loading conditions
  • Soil-structure interaction;
  • Dynamic soil properties.
  • Definition of stiffness, and damping
Foundation and Machine Types
  • General considerations
  • Machine types
  • Foundation types
  • Different types of load excitations due to rotary and hammer machines;
  • Response of rigid foundations in 1 and 2 DOF;
Design Criteria
  • Foundation and equipment loads
  • Dynamic soil properties
  • Vibration performance criteria
  • Concrete performance criteria
  • Performance criteria for machine-mounting systems
  • Method for estimating inertia forces from multi-cylinder machines
Design Methods and Materials
  • Overview of design methods
  • Impedance provided by the supporting media
  • Vibration analysis
  • Structural foundation design and materials
  • Use of isolation systems
  • Repairing and upgrading foundations
  • Sample impedance calculations
Dynamic Design of Shallow and Pile Foundations:
  • Impedance properties of foundations and soils;
  • Mathematical models for dynamic foundation analyses analysis.
Theory of Vibration Basic Understanding With Application in Machine Foundation Design
  • Resonance and its Effect
  • Theory of a Single-Degree Freedom System
  • Theory of a Two-Degree Freedom System
  • Multiple-Degree Freedom System
  • Transient Response
Design Parameters
  • Importance of Design Parameters
  • Geometrical Properties of Machine Foundations
  • Physical Properties of the Elastic Base and their Experimental Evaluation
  • Design Machine Parameters
  • Parameters for Rotary Machines
  • Dynamic Forces
  • Transient Resonance
  • Critical Speeds of Rotors
  • Rotor Bearing Supports
  • Forces Due To Emergency and Faulted Conditions
  • Coupling of Machines
Analysis and Design of Block-Type Machine Foundations
  • Modes of Vibration of a Block Foundation
  • Review of Methods for Dynamic Analysis
  • Recommended Method of Analysis for Block Foundations
  • Foundations for Machines Inducing Periodical Forces (Example: Reciprocating Machinery)
  • Foundations Subject to Impact-Type Forces: Hammers
  • Analysis and Design of Framed Foundations for High-speed Machinery
  • Design Data
  • Special Considerations in Planning
  • Principal Design Criteria
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Design workshop of Framed Foundation for a 200 MW Turbo-Generator
  • Design workshop: different examples
  • Summary of design procedures for different types of machines
Vibration Isolation Design
  • Active and Passive Types of Isolation-Transmissibility
  • Methods of isolation in Machine Foundations
  • Isolation in Existing Machine Foundations
  • Case Histories
  • Properties of isolating Materials
  • Design workshop
Remedial Measures for Machine Foundations
  • Sources of damage and disturbance;
  • Error diagnosis and evaluation;
  • Remedial measures;
  • Examples from different industries; sources of error.

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