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Geotechnical Engineering: Shallow Foundations

COURSE NO: G09-002
Geotechnical Engineering: Shallow Foundations
Course Highlights

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


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 9 PDH online 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.

Learning Objectives

This PE 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
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 8, Shallow Foundations of the Federal Highway Administration "Reference Manual Volume II, SOILS {C}AND FOUNDATIONS", Publication No. FHWA NHI-06-089.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Geotechnical Engineering: Shallow Foundations (2.9 MB)
Course Quiz
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.
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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