Curriculum Structure


CV4109 Advanced Foundation Engineering

[Lecture: 26 hrs ; Tutorial: 13 hrs ; Lab: 0 hr ; Pre-requisite: CV3013; Academic Unit: 3.0 ]

​Learning Objective :

Students can expect to

  • build upon knowledge acquired in CIV331
  • develop deeper understanding of foundation analyses
  • develop understanding of choice of design parameters
  • learn about advanced topics of foundation design and analyses

Course Content :

Principles of foundation analysis: total stress analysis versus effective stress analysis, undrained and drained soil parameters. Shallow foundations: combined footings, raft foundations and floating foundations. Deep foundations: axially and laterally loaded piles, pile groups. Other considerations: rock socketed piles, negative skin friction and effect of soil movements on piles. Static and dynamic pile load test.

Course Outline :




Introduction and overview of foundation analyses


Design considerations of Shallow Foundations


Combined footings, raft foundations and floating foundations


Overview of deep foundations


Axial capacity and settlement of single pile and pile group


Rock socketed piles, negative skin friction, effects of soil movement on pile


Capacity and deflection of laterally loaded pile


Static and dynamic pile load test

Learning Outcome :

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
(a) determine suitable soil parameters
(b) perform geotechnical design of shallow and deep foundations
(c) understand limitations and uncertainties in geotechnical design

Textbooks :

No specific text is required since the course covers a diverse range of topics

References :

  • Bowles, J.E. Foundation Analysis and Design. 5th Ed, McGraw Hill, 1996.
  • Das, B.M. Principles of Foundation Engineering. 3rd Ed. PWS-Kent, Boston, 1995.
  • Coduto, D.P. Foundation Design: Principles and Practices. Prentice Hall Inc., New Jersey, 1994.
  • Tomlinson, M.J. Foundation Design and Construction. 7th Ed, Pearson-Prentice Hall, London, 2001.