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An Introduction to Preparation of Foundations for Structures

COURSE NO: G04-008
An Introduction to Preparation of Foundations for Structures
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course is an introduction to the methods of preparing soil and rock for foundations of structures including open, shaft and tunnel excavation. This course discusses excavation to a range of depths in a variety of soil and rock conditions which may be encountered at a single site. You will learn techniques for preparation of soils consisting of a wide spectrum of textures and water contents. This course also discusses approaches to managing groundwater when encountered during excavation and foundation preparation. You will learn about vibrocompaction, blasting, vibrodisplacement, vibroflotation, grouting, precompression, and reinforcement methods.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for civil, structural and geotechnical engineers and other design and construction professionals seeking to learn about the issues that may need to be addressed in construction of foundations for structures of various configurations.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning techniques for controlling groundwater seepage into excavations
  • Knowing the approaches to managing surface water intrusion at a foundation site
  • Understanding the importance of maintaining slope integrity
  • Learning how to manage issues associated with stockpiling of excavated and imported material
  • Learning about backfill compaction equipment, material and zones
  • Knowing the recommended compaction densities for different structures
  • Learning how to address difficult backfill and foundation issues for circular, elliptical and arched structures
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Preparation of Foundations for Structures".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Preparation of Foundations for Structures (4.10 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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