Geotechnical Engineering: Shallow Foundations

Yun Zhou, Ph.D., P.E.

About Yun Zhou, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Yun Zhou is an online PDH course provider of continuing education courses for professional engineers.


Dr. Zhou is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geotechnical engineering, and of the Carnegie Mellon University with MSIT degree in information technology management. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zhou is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Dr. Zhou has over 25 years of hands-on experience in a wide spectrum of geotechnical engineering applications, including geotechnical field and laboratory investigations, site characterization and design parameter selection, design analysis and design detailing, design implementation through drawings, specifications, and plans, and construction engineering support. Currently, Dr. Zhou is a geotechnical specialist to provide leadership and expert technical support to a Fortune 500 company's billion-dollar mega-projects involving building foundations, highways and railways, ports, and waste containment facilities.

Dr. Zhou published over 18 technical papers and often presented those papers at international and national conferences. He appeared twice in court as an expert witness for lawsuits involving landfill design and slope stability. Dr. Zhou has developed and taught graduate-level slope stability courses. He has been tutoring junior engineers through a monthly technical presentation, and developed several continuing education courses in soil and rock mechanics for professional engineers learning geotechnical designs.


COURSE NO: G09-002
PRICE: $216


Course Highlights

This continuing education online PDH course is NY approved. This course is also accepted in the States of AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV and WY.

Foundation design is required for all structures to ensure that the loads imposed on the underlying soil will not cause shear failures or damaging settlements.


This course, as a part of Geotechnical Engineering Series, covers basic theories, engineering evaluations, and practical approaches for the design of shallow foundations.


This online PDH course is applicable to geotechnical, civil, mining, structural, and environmental engineers, as well as design and construction personnel involved with the planning, design, and construction of shallow foundations.


In this course, you need to review Chapter 8, Shallow Foundations of the Federal Highway Administration Reference Manual Volume II, SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS, Publication No. FHWA NHI-06-089, provided below. Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifty (50) questions to earn 9 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 8 of this FHWA Publication.


Learning Objectives

This continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the general approach to foundation design
  • Learning about the different types of shallow foundations
  • Understanding spread footing design concept and procedure
  • Learning about the assessments of bearing capacity and settlement
  • Familiarizing with the Allowable Bearing Capacity Chart and Construction Point Concept

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