To develop an awareness of the different types of shallow foundations and to make sound judgements in the choice of practical designs. To develop an understanding of the stability requirements of a shallow foundation particularly with regards to bearing resistance when subjected to eccentric and inclined loading and sliding. To introduce the concept of limit state design and partial factors applied to foundation stability in the context of the Eurocodes. To provide a method for the determination of the allowable bearing pressure of sands. It is generally recognised that most of the risks on construction projects (resulting in cost overruns) lie within the ground conditions. These risks must be identified and managed, not ignored. Register is maintained throughout the design and construction processes to identify hazards and risks that may affect the project in terms of health and safety, costs, the environment and the construction programme. Further discussion on these topics is given in the weblink.
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