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An Introduction to Deep Foundations

COURSE NO: G02-007
An Introduction to Deep Foundations
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will provide you with an introduction to methods for analysis and design of deep foundations. It discusses problems of placing footings and mats in deep excavations and design of drilled piers.


A deep foundation derives its support from competent strata at significant depths below the surface or, alternatively, has a depth to diameter ratio greater than 4. A deep foundation is used in lieu of a shallow foundation when adequate bearing capacity or tolerable settlements cannot be obtained with a shallow foundation. The term deep foundation includes piles, piers, or caissons, as well as footings or mats set into a deep excavation.


Drilled piers (or caissons) are simply large-diameter piles, but the design process is somewhat different. An arbitrary distinction between a caisson and pier is that the caisson is 30 inches or more in diameter.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for civil engineers, structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists and other design and construction professionals wanting an introduction to deep foundations for buildings and other structures.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning the definition and design considerations applicable to floating foundations
  • Learning the mechanics of settlement of compensated foundations
  • Understanding when there is a likelihood of bearing capacity failure
  • Learning about two commonly used procedures to mitigate bottom heave
  • Learning about settlement issues adjacent to excavations
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Deep Foundations".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Deep Foundations (1.8 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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