Distance - Industrial Ground Bearing Concrete Slabs (0.6 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 2 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


Ground Bearing Concrete Slabs (GBCS) in industrial buildings and hard standings are complex structures that need input from many engineering backgrounds; such as geotechnical, transportation, materials, and construction engineering, to produce structurally sound and serviceably acceptable floors. Many design methods are available for engineers for proportioning GBCS, resulting in significantly varied outputs.

The failure of GBCS or the hard standings in the industrial facilities may lead to temporary operations or, in some cases, stopping the operations totally, causing significant loss. Meanwhile, increasing the GBCS thickness above the optimal design to prevent the risk of the slab failure may result in additional high cost of hundreds of thousands dollars in reinforced concrete in one industrial unit. In addition, design and construction of GBCS are a complex area for structural and construction engineers for many reasons. The design of GBCS is dramatically different from the design of conventional slabs in the supporting system (foundation), the load regimes, the design factors, and the reinforced concrete design theory. That may explain the reason why BGCS is not supported by codes of practice in many countries.


This course will provide participants with the selection criteria of the optimal design and construction methods of GBCS for various design inputs. Participants will be introduced to the design, construction and maintenance of the ground bearing concrete slabs (GBCS) and the hard-standings in the industrial facilities. The conventional construction methods, construction materials, construction management, design properties, design loads and the proportional equations of GBCS will be discussed and analyzed. Participants will gain understanding on how construction elements can be selected to suit a GBCS project and for optimum slab proportion and maintenance. The participants will have the sufficient knowledge and tools to define the main construction issues and design of GBCS. The participant will be able to optimally design and manage construction of the industrial GBCS and hard standings. 

Target audience

  • Structural Engineers
  • Pavement Engineers
  • Construction Managers and Engineers
  • Designers

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize importance of the proper construction and proportioning of GBCS
  • Demonstrate behaviour and response of GBCS under design factors
  • Illustrate GBCS foundation and function of each foundation course
  • Identify GBCS failure modes
  • Identify the construction materials and the design properties
  • Identify the optimal construction method
  • Recognize and locate types of slab joints
  • Manage GBCS construction
  • Recognize load types and their sources
  • Determine the optimal slab dimensions
  • Determine the critical loading positions
  • Calculate load response for various loading patterns
  • Design a rigid pavement

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.

Module 1: Behaviour of GBCS
  • The difference between GBCS and the conventional slabs
  • GBCS behaviour under the design factors
Module 2: Materials and Properties
  • Concrete
  • Subgrade and subbase
  • Slip membrane
  • Steel wiring
  • Surface finishes
Module 3: Construction
  • Construction methods
  • Slip membrane
  • Joint types and details
  • Case Study
Module 4: Design Loads
  • Loading types and sources
  • Critical design loading
  • Single Wheel load
Module 5: Design of GBCS (Design example for each case)
  • Hetenyi design method for uniformly distributed loading
  • Modified Westergaard design method for patch loads
  • Meyerhof design method for point and patch load
  • Canadian Code for punching shear stress of patch load
  • Design with charts prepared based on Westergaard method
  • Finite Element Modeling
Module 6: Maintenance
  • Closing and Main Points

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Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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