Foundation Engineering and earth-retaining structures


Major: ROSE

Term: 2nd Semester – Academic Year 2019-2020

Instructor: Prof. V. Sheshov

CFU: 6


Duration: TBD

Schedule: Syllabus_CivRisk-VLATKO-March 2 to 31

Office hours: –



The purpose of this course is to apply the principles of soil mechanics to the analysis and design of foundation systems and earth retaining structures.



Review on physical and engineering properties of soils of principal interest for the analysis and design of foundation elements shall be considered at the beginning of the course.
The load capacity and movements of shallow and deep foundations will be studied. Evaluation of the limiting shear resistance, or ultimate bearing capacity of the soil under a foundation load together with estimation of the settlements will be presented. Concept, design, and construction of different type of shallow foundations shall be discussed by various engineering examples.
Static pile capacity determination as well as an introduction to materials and methods to produce pile members will be concerned. Methods to analyze lateral pile response to loads and to pile buckling will also be presented.
Theoretical background of the lateral earth pressure problem will be discussed (active and passive earth pressure, seismic earth pressure). The basic principles for analysis and design of the reinforced earth, gravity, and concrete cantilever wall; the sheet-pile cantilever and anchored walls will be considered. Analysis of sliding, overturning and rotational wall stability.
An introduction to EuroCode 7 and main aspects of performance-based design will also be addressed.



Foundation Analysis and Design, Joseph E. Bowles, McGraw-Hill, 1997



  • Reese, L. C., Isenhower, W.M., Wang, S.T. (2005). Analysis and Design of Shallow and Deep Foundations. Wiley, 608 pp.
  • Fleming, K., Weltman, A.J., Randolph, M.F., Elson, K. (2008). Piling Engineering. Vol. 1, 3rdEdition Taylor & Francis, 392 pp.
  • Reese L.C., Van Impe, W.F. (2001). Single Piles and Pile Groups under Lateral Loading, Vol 1. Taylor & Francis, 463 pp.
  • Salgado, R. (2006). The Engineering of Foundations. McGraw-Hill, 928 pp.
  • Fang, H.-Y. (1990). Foundation Engineering Handbook. Springer-Verlag, New York, 2ndEdition, 923 pp.
  • Course notes, scientific articles and other material will be provided during the course.



Homework assignments will be assigned each week. Student may help one another with homework but each student must hand in his or her own work.



Final exam will be given. Exam is closed note, closed book, and no phones or other electronic devices will be allowed besides your calculator (if needed).



  • Homework assignments 30%
  • Exam 65%
  • Class Participation 5%