224-0061/01 – Foundation enginering (ZS)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Dr. Ing. Hynek LahutaSubject version guarantordoc. Dr. Ing. Hynek Lahuta
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFASTIntended for study typesBachelor
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LAH43 doc. Dr. Ing. Hynek Lahuta
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 16+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Students should design and evaluate various types of foundation (shallow, depth). He also has to be able to design and evaluate various types of foundation pits, including their security with different reinforcement constructions.

Teaching methods



The subject belongs to those one underlying the geotechnical engineering. On the basis of a knowledge of static, elasticity, engineering geology and hydrogeology it pursues the fundamental topics involved in the shallow and deep foundations structures, the design methods aimed at evaluating the ground load bearing capacity and the foundation settlement, the foundation in difficult ground conditions and in sensitive urban areas. An attention is also given to the foundation failures, foundation failure remediation, monitoring methods, modelling, observation method and risk assessment. The undergraduate gains knowledge about the foundation structures and evaluation of the foundation grounds. He learns to calculate the frequent foundation structures utilising the up-to-date design methods satisfying the contemporary local (Czech ČSN) and European (EC7) legislative and technical standards. Foundation; rock environment; soil; foundation construction; bearing capacity; settlement; reconstruction of foundation constructions; foundation constructions failures; reconstruction of foundations.

Compulsory literature:

Das, B.M.: Principles of Foundation Engineering. Broks/Cole Thomson, 2004

Recommended literature:

Atkinson, J.: The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations. London, McGraw-Hill Company, 1993

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

Required completion of the course Soil Mechanics.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Content of lectures and exercises. Introduction to problem of foundation engineering. Examples of building designs, foundation-subbase interaction. 2. Survey of building site (stages, types). Methodology of limit states, geotechnical categories. Stress under foundation (origin, due to loads). 3. Shallow foundations – pads, strip footings, foundation slabs, design of connection footing and upper construction, classification of foundation soils, co-operation of supporting structure of subbase, spatial foundation structure. 4. Design and check of shallow foundation – 1st limit state (bearing capacity – horizontal and vertical), factors affect to bearing capacity, influence of groundwater level. Design according to EC 7 (Eurocode). 5. Settlement of shallow foundation – 2nd limit state, failure of buildings, time development of shallow foundation settlement. 6. Reconstruction of shallow foundations. Design, temporary insurance, underpinning foundation, increase of stiffness 7. Foundation pits and their timbering. Braces sheeting, sheet-pile walls, pile walls, technology and utilization, static design. 8. Foundation pit dewatering. Type of drainage (surface, deep, vacuum) 9. Brace and anchor systems for wall brackets. Construction of jet grouting, sealing structure and reservoir. Principles of implementation and design of injected rock anchors. Design of retaining wall (gravity wall, cantilever wall, masonry wall). 10. Geostatic load of structures. Pressures on timbered and anchored walls. Assessment of structural brackets by static calculation. 11. Deep foundations – basic element. Caissons, open caissons and diaphragm walls, design, technology, check. 12. Piles foundation. European piles classification, design of pile foundations (displacement, replacement). 13. Design of axial bored piles, transverse load of piles, micropiles, CFA piles (Continuous Flight Auger). 14. Foundation in special condition. Undermining areas, unstable territory, embankment, dumping ground, seismic areas, collapsible soils. 15. Case history.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit  
        Examination Examination 100  51
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Elaboration of project from partial parts of lectures. In the examination, the theoretical part and the calculation of examples.

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2020/2021 (B0732A260001) Civil Engineering K Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0732A260001) Civil Engineering P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0732A260001) Civil Engineering K Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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