Advanced Foundation Engineering

By Prof. Kousik Deb   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 3433
The course will focus on the design of shallow foundation on sloping ground, layered soil and under inclined & eccentric loading conditions. Piles under uplift and lateral loading conditions will also be discussed. In the undergraduate core course on Foundation Engineering, these topics are either not covered or discussed in simplified form. In the proposed course, these advanced topics will be discussed in detail. This course is useful for both UG and PG student. The course is also suitable for students who are preparing for competitive examination. Field Engineers can be benefited from this course as the design of foundations under critical conditions (those are not generally covered in UG core foundation engineering course) will be discussed here.

UG and PG students. Research Scholars and Practicing Engineers can also take this course.
PREREQUISITES : BE Students can take after completing third year or after completing “Soil Mechanics” and “Foundation Engineering” courses. ME and PhD students can take during first semester of their course work.
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Most of the Civil Engineering companies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Exam Date : 25 Apr 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

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Week 1:

Introduction, planning of soil exploration for different projects, methods of borings along with various penetration tests, geophysical soil exploration.

Week 2:

Shallow foundations, methods of estimating bearing capacity of footings and rafts, foundations under eccentric loading.

Week 3:

Foundations under inclined loading, foundations on slope, foundations with tilted base.

Week 4:

Bearing capacity of foundations on layered soil.

Week 5:

Methods of estimating settlement of footings and rafts, concept of Beams on Elastic Foundation. 

Week 6:

Concept of Beams on Elastic Foundation (continued).

Week 7:

Proportioning of foundations using field test data, IS codes.

Week 8:

Pile foundations, pile load tests, methods of estimating load transfer of piles, analytical estimation of load-settlement behavior of piles.  

Week 9:

Pile group capacity and settlement, negative skin friction of piles.

Week 10:

Laterally loaded piles.  

Week 11:

Uplift capacity of piles, foundations/anchors under uplift loads, well foundation, bearing capacity of well foundations, lateral stability of well foundations.

Week 12:

IS and IRC codal provisions, elastic theory and ultimate resistance methods for well foundations, foundations on problematic soils: foundations for collapsible and expansive soil.  

Books and references

Braja M. Das, “Principles of Foundation Engineering.” PWS Publishing, USA. 1999
Bowles, J.E., 1997. “Foundation Analysis and Design”, Fifth ed. McGraw-Hill, Singapore.
Murthy, V.N.S., 2001. “Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering’, Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York.
Ranjan, G. and Rao, A. S. R., 1991, 2000, 2007. “Basics and Applied Soil Mechanics”, New Age International.
Woodward, J. and Tomlinson, M. 1994, “Pile Design and Construction Practice” Chapman & Hall Poulos, H.G. and Davis, E.H. 1980, “Pile Foundation Analysis and Design” Wiley and Sons.

Instructor bio

Prof. Kousik Deb

IIT Kharagpur
Kousik Deb is presently working as Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. Dr. Deb has more than 11 years of research experience and working in the areas of Geosynthetic- Reinforced Earth, Numerical Modeling, and Embankment stability. He has published/accepted 100 research articles including about 60 papers in referred journals. He has developed number of numerical and analytical models to study the behavior of improved grounds, embankment stability and underground structures. Under Dr. Deb's guidance, 5 Ph.D. are awarded and 5 more are in progress. He has also supervised 13 M.Tech dissertations. Dr. Deb has completed 2 sponsored research projects funded by DST. He has successfully completed more than 12 consultancy projects. As a visiting research fellow at RWTH, Aachen, Germany under DAAD Fellowship; He is the recipient of IIT Roorkee Shamsher Prakash Research Award for outstanding research contribution in Geotechnical Engineering by Young Indian Researcher. He also received IEI Young Engineers Award; Excellent Paper Award to Junior Individuals-2008 given by International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), USA. Dr. Deb also selected for Endeavour Research Fellowship to undertake a Postdoctoral Research programme in Australia. Dr. Deb has gained expertise in the cutting edge technologies on ground improvement such as applications of geosynthetics in roadways. Dr. Deb has offered course on Foundation Engineering under NPTEL Online Certification Programme.

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: 25 April 2021 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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