Foundation Engineering

By Prof. Kousik Deb   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 3276
This course is an undergraduate core course. The course will focus on the design of shallow foundation and axially loaded pile foundation. The field and laboratory soil testing methods will be discussed to determine the required design parameters. Lateral earth pressures theories and design of various retaining structures will be covered. Design of sheet piles and bracing system will also be discussed. It will also focus on soil arching and its application to design the underground conduits. The selection of proper foundation or characteristics of foundations for different soils will be discussed. The course is suitable for undergraduate students who are preparing for competitive examination like GATE, IES and for university or college examinations. Field Engineers can also be benefited from this course.

Civil Engineering
PREREQUISITES:          Soil Mechanics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   Most of the Civil Engineering companies
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout


Week 1    :    Introduction, Soil Exploration
Week 2    :    Penetration Tests, Geophysical Exploration
Week 3    :    Bearing capacity of shallow foundation
Week 4    :    Settlement of shallow foundations
Week 5    :    Design of shallow foundation
Week 6    :    Deep foundation, load transfer mechanism in piles, pile capacity, Pile load test
Week 7    :    Pile group capacity, settlement of pile, Design of Pile Foundation
Week 8    :    Lateral Earth Pressures-I
Week 9    :    Lateral Earth Pressures-II
Week 10  :  Earth retaining structures
Week 11  :  Sheet Piles and Braced Excavation
Week 12  :  Soil Arching, Underground Conduits

Books and references

1.Braja M. Das, ""Principles of Foundation Engineering PWS Publishing Company. 
2.Soil Mechanics and Foundation Enggineeering, B.C.Punmia, Laxmi Publications 
3.Soil Mechanics and Foundattion Engineering, K.R.Arora, Standard Publishers, New Delhi 
4.Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics, Gopal Ranjan, A S R Rao, New Age International, 2007

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: 23 October 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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