Foundation Engineering 7.5 credits

Second cycle, G7006B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Jan 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Soil Mechanics
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering
Main field of study
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Basic course in Soil Mechanics.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
To provide knowledge of geotechnical investigation and exploration, ground improvement, and design of support constructions, shallow foundation and deep foundation. After finishing the course the student should be able to conduct a foundation engineering project including choice and design of ground improvement and foundation method.

Geotechnical investigation and exploration.
Ground improvement. Methods to improve underground of cohesive or frictional type, e.g. preloading, vertical drainage, cement and lime columns, surface and deep compaction, vibro compaction, heavy tamping, piling in embankments. Compaction control.
Soil embankments. Choise of soil material. Bearing capacity and settlements of underground and calculation methods.
Geophysical methods and geotechnical field methods. Shallow foundation. Theories for analysis and design of bearing capacity and settlements.
Deep foundation. Theories for analysis of bearing capacity and settlements of piles. Pile types with respect to type of material, type of bearing, type of fabrication, etc. Design of piles in cohesive soil and granular soil with respect to bearing capacity and settlements. Different types of pile groups. Elastic line of action and pile centre. Analysis of vertically and horizontally loaded pile groups with the displacement method. Isostatic and semi-isostatic pile groups. General plane and three-dimensional pile groups. Other types of deep foundation such as pile walls and caissons.
Support constructions. Different types of support constructions. Earth pressure against flexible sheet pile walls. Influence of wall friction. Stability of sheet pile walls. Cantilever walls and anchored walls.
Choice of foundation method from technical-economical point of view. Interaction between building construction and soil.
Design of shallow foundation, deep foundation and support constructions. Design codes and geotechnical classes.

Teaching is given in classes including minor parts of problem solving and discussions. Compulsory assignments, solved in groups of 2 or 3 students, are given.

Grading system. The final grade is based on compulsory assignments and individual oral examination.

Transition terms

Hans Mattsson

Transition terms
The course G7006B is equal to abg115

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Magnusson, O.: Geoteknisk utredning och projektering, LTU, Avd. för geoteknik, avdelningsskrift.
Axelsson, K. och Magnusson, O.: Grundläggningsteknik, LTU, Avd. för geoteknik, avdelningsskrift.
Sponter och förankringar, LTU, Avd. för geoteknik, avdelningsskrift.
Material från nätet och utdelat material
Utdelat material eller material som läggs ut på nätet.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Oral examinationU G#4.50MandatoryA07
0002Project workU G#3.00MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.