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ECTS Course Overview

Foundation Engineering

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Course Unit Code224-0202/07
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle, Second Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites
PrerequisitiesCourse Unit CodeCourse Unit Title
224-0201Soil and Rock Mechanics
Co-requisitiesCourse Unit CodeCourse Unit Title
224-0208Foundation Engineering in Difficult Conditions
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
LAH43doc. Dr. Ing. Hynek Lahuta
OHN02Ing. Barbara Luňáčková, Ph.D.
The subject belongs to those one underlying the geotechnical engineering. On the basis of a knowledge of static, elasticity, engineering geology and hydrogeology it pursues the fundamental topics involved in the shallow and deep foundations structures, the design methods aimed at evaluating the ground load bearing capacity and the foundation settlement, the foundation in difficult ground conditions and in sensitive urban areas. An attention is also given to the foundation failures, foundation failure remediation, monitoring methods, modelling, observation method and risk assessment. The undergraduate gains knowledge about the foundation structures and evaluation of the foundation grounds. He learns to calculate the frequent foundation structures utilising the up-to-date design methods satisfying the contemporary local (Czech ČSN) and European (EC7) legislative and technical standards. Foundation; rock environment; soil; foundation construction; bearing capacity; settlement; reconstruction of foundation constructions; foundation constructions failures; reconstruction of foundations.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Students should design and evaluate various types of foundation (shallow, depth). He also has to be able to design and evaluate various types of foundation pits, including their security with different reinforcement constructions.
Course Contents
1. Content of lectures and exercises. Introduction to problem of foundation engineering. Examples of building designs, foundation-subbase interaction.
2. Survey of building site (stages, types). Methodology of limit states, geotechnical categories. Stress under foundation (origin, due to loads).
3. Shallow foundations – pads, strip footings, foundation slabs, design of connection footing and upper construction, classification of foundation soils, co-operation of supporting structure of subbase, spatial foundation structure.
4. Design and check of shallow foundation – 1st limit state (bearing capacity – horizontal and vertical), factors affect to bearing capacity, influence of groundwater level. Design according to EC 7 (Eurocode).
5. Settlement of shallow foundation – 2nd limit state, failure of buildings, time development of shallow foundation settlement.
6. Reconstruction of shallow foundations. Design, temporary insurance, underpinning foundation, increase of stiffness
7. Foundation pits and their timbering. Braces sheeting, sheet-pile walls, pile walls, technology and utilization, static design.
8. Foundation pit dewatering. Type of drainage (surface, deep, vacuum)
9. Brace and anchor systems for wall brackets. Construction of jet grouting, sealing structure and reservoir. Principles of implementation and design of injected rock anchors. Design of retaining wall (gravity wall, cantilever wall, masonry wall).
10. Geostatic load of structures. Pressures on timbered and anchored walls. Assessment of structural brackets by static calculation.
11. Deep foundations – basic element. Caissons, open caissons and diaphragm walls, design, technology, check.
12. Piles foundation. European piles classification, design of pile foundations (displacement, replacement).
13. Design of axial bored piles, transverse load of piles, micropiles, CFA piles (Continuous Flight Auger).
14. Foundation in special condition. Undermining areas, unstable territory, embankment, dumping ground, seismic areas, collapsible soils.
15. Case history.

Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
Das, B.M.: Principles of Foundation Engineering. Broks/Cole Thomson, 2004
J.Masopust: Navrhování základových a pažících konstrukcí. Příručka k ČSN EN 1997. ČKAIT, Brno, 2012. ISBN 978-80-87438-31-2
J.Masopust, V. Glisníková: Zakládání staveb. CERM VUT, Brno, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7204-538-9
Z.Štěpánek: Zakládání staveb. ČVUT, Praha, 1993.
J.Hulla, J.Šimek, P.Turček: Mechanika zemín a zakladanie stavieb. Alfa, Bratislava, 1991.ISBN 80-03-00428-4
Hulla J., Turček P.: Zakladanie stavieb, Bratislava 1999
Recommended Reading:
Atkinson, J.: The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations. London, McGraw-Hill Company, 1993.
Peck, R.B., Hanson, W.E., THORNBURN, T.H. 1974. Foundation engineering. 2d ed. New York: John Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-67585-3.Online version available at:
Šimek J. a kol.: Mechanika zemin. SNTL Praha 1990
J.Malgot, F.Klepsatel, I.Trávníček: Mechanika hornin a inžinierska geológia. Alfa, Bratislava 1992.
J.Bradáč: Základové konstrukce. VUT Brno 1995.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Experimental work in labs
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined