Bearing Capacity of Shallow Footings

Course Number: G-3003
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Richard P. Weber, P.E.
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Overview

In Bearing Capacity of Shallow Footings , you'll learn ...

  • The definition of a shallow spread footing and their applications
  • Types of explorations and how they are used to obtain engineering values of soils, including SPT's, CPT's and test pit excavations
  • Modes of soil failure, including general shear failure, local shear failure and punching shear failure
  • Calculation of bearing capacity for shallow footings, including modifications for shape factors and groundwater level

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 23 pages

This course is intended for a wide range audience and in particular, the non-geotechnical engineer. The objective of the course is to discuss the bearing capacity of shallow spread footings and illustrate how this value is derived. In this course, you will learn that the allowable bearing capacity of the soil is not only dependent upon the ability of the soil to carry the load, but also upon the magnitude of settlement that the soil might experience due to the load.

The course discusses some common methods of bearing capacity analysis, although it is not an exhaustive review. The course also discusses methods of calculating settlement and presents one example for illustration. When this course has been completed, the student will be familiar with methods used by the geotechnical engineer to assign allowable soil bearing capacity.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The definition of a shallow spread footing and their applications
  • Types of explorations and how they are used to obtain engineering values of soils, including SPT's, CPT's and test pit excavations
  • Modes of soil failure, including general shear failure, local shear failure and punching shear failure
  • Calculation of bearing capacity for shallow footings, including modifications for shape factors and groundwater level
  • Components of shallow footing settlement, including immediate settlement and consolidation settlement
  • Calculation of settlement of footings underlain by sand and clay
  • Drainage and calculation of time rate of settlement
  • The relative merits of deterministic vs. probabilistic analysis

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 15 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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