Course syllabus


ACE060 ACE060 Deep foundations lp4 VT22 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Contact details

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Course purpose

The aim of the course is equipping future Civil and Structural Engineers with up-to-date knowledge on techniques and methods of analyses needed for the geotechnical design of infrastructure and buildings. The focus is on construction in a densely populated urban environment, where the lack of space and environmental effects are a major concern. The techniques and methods are applied in practice as part of a design project that deals with the construction of an underground structure in an urban setting.



Course literature

Fleming, K. Weltman, A.  Randolph, A. & Elson, A., (2008). Piling Engineering, 3rd edition, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780415266468, (e-book)

Kempfert, H-G. & Gebreselassie, (2006). Excavations and foundations in soft soils. Springer, (e-book)

Lecture slides and any additional material will be published on the course home page.


Changes made since the last occasion

Written exam is back (no special Covid-19 conditions apply)

Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

● Knowledge
○ Describe the principles, benefits and limitations of various foundation and retaining wall types and in-situ instrumentation and monitoring concepts.
● Comprehension
○ Distinguish the difference and select between undrained and drained analysis in the context of ultimate and serviceability limit state design
○ understand the limitations of various analytical and numerical design methods for geotechnical structures.
○ understand the role of the soil and the structure in the analyses of soil-structure interaction in context of retaining walls and foundations.
● Application
○ calculate bearing capacity and settlements of shallow and deep foundations.
○ calculate earth pressures (at rest, active, passive) for drained (long-term) and undrained (short-term) conditions.
○ calculate stability of earth retaining structures.
● Analysis
○ analyse stress paths in the soil adjacent to foundation elements.
○ analyse strength in soils as a function of initial state and load path.
○ calculate stability and consolidation & creep settlements of foundations.
○ analyse soil-structure interaction problems.
● Synthesis:
○  dimension retaining walls and the response of shallow and deep foundations using theoretical knowledge and engineering judgement

○ Compare predicted and expected soil response, e.g. comparing results of advanced numerical methods against monitoring data or hand calculations.

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Study plan

If the course is a joint course (Chalmers and Göteborgs Universitet) you should link to both syllabus (Chalmers and Göteborgs Universitet).

Examination form

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Course summary:

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