Geotechnical Engineering II Foundation Engineering

By Prof. Dilip Kumar Baidya   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 4693
Broadly Geotechnical Engineering encompasses two distinct segments: Geotechnical engineering I (Soil Mechanics) and Geotechnical Engineering II (Foundation Engineering). Geotechnical Engineering I/Soil Mechanics deals with study of physical properties of soils, and the relevance of these properties as they affect soil strength, stability, and drainage. Geotechnical Engineering II/Foundation engineering deals with (i) selection of foundation type based on building site conditions and site constraints, (ii) determining size and reinforcement of the foundation and (iii) finally construction of foundation element. This course will focus on the second, Geotechnical Engineering II/Foundation Engineering. One week will be spent for quickly reviewing the soil mechanics and subsequently various topics of foundations will be covered. Although the objective is to select a safe and economical design, there is no unique design or method in foundation engineering. Therefore an attempt is made to connect the theoretical concepts with the practical aspects of foundation engineering. Every civil engineer has to learn basic principle of geotechnical engineering and its application through foundation engineering and both are core courses for civil engineering in every college/university across the globe. Every aspect of foundation as per GATE, Engineering Service and other important competitive Examination will be covered with great detail under this course.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Civil Engineering
PRE-REQUISITES : Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering Il
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Most of the Civil Engineering companies

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Exam Date : 26 Apr 2020 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1   :  Introduction and quick review of Soil Mechanics
Week 2   :  Shallow Foundation and Bearing Capacity
Week 3   :  Bearing Capacity theories and its application
Week 4   :  Settlement of Footing
Week 5   :  Soil Exploration and Geotechnical Investigation
Week 6   :  Earth Pressure Theories
Week 7   :  Stability Analysis of Retaining wall
Week 8   :  Deep Foundations type, selection and load transfer mechanism
Week 9    :  Pile capacity, pile load test and settlement
Week 10  :  Sheet pile wall
Week 11  :  Deep Excavation
Week 12  :  Introduction to Machine foundation

Books and references

Soils and Foundations by Cheng Liu and Jack EvettBasic and Applied Soil Mechanics By Ranjan and RaoPrinciples of Foundation Engineering by Braja M DasSoil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering By V N S Murthy  

Instructor bio

Prof. Dilip Kumar Baidya

IIT Kharagpur
Presently Professor in Civil Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, graduated in Civil Engineering in 1987 from Bengal Engineering College Sibpur and obtained ME and Ph D from IISc Bangalore in the year 1989 and 93, respectively. Have 25 years of experience in teaching and research and guided more than 25 M Tech dissertations and 7 Ph D theses on Geotechnical Engineering. Published more than 100 papers in National/international journals and conferences out of which 3 papers received best paper award. Visited different countries for presenting papers in the international conferences and served 2 years as Faculty members in the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Besides teaching and research, provided consultancy services to various industrial problems. Held several administrative positions at IIT Kharagpur which includes responsible position like Vice Chairman/Chairman JEE for IIT Kharagpur zone, Prof In-charge Examination etc.Fellow of Indian Geotechnical Society and member of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Elected member of Executive committee of IGS for 2017-18.

Course certificate

• The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
• The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
• Date and Time of Exams: 26th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
• Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
• The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
• Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

• Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments
 given in the course. 
• Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
• Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

• If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
• Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
• Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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