224-0202/07 – Foundation Engineering (ZS)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Dr. Ing. Hynek LahutaSubject version guarantordoc. Dr. Ing. Hynek Lahuta
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2015/2016Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFAST, HGFIntended for study typesBachelor, Follow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
LAH43 doc. Dr. Ing. Hynek Lahuta
OHN02 Ing. Barbara Luňáčková, Ph.D.
MAR910 Ing. Jan Maršálek
MOH050 Ing. Marek Mohyla, Ph.D.
LAN227 Ing. Taťána Petrášová
PIN078 Ing. Miroslav Pinka
STO118 Ing. Martin Stolárik, Ph.D.
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

Experimental work in labs


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. Peck, R.B., Hanson, W.E., THORNBURN, T.H. 1974. Foundation engineering. 2d ed. New York: John Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-67585-3.Online version available at: https://app.knovel.com/hotlink/toc/id:kpFEE00001/foundation-engineering/foundation-engineering

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

Required completion of the course Soil Mechanics.


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
224-0201 MH&Z Soil and Rock Mechanics Recommended


Subject codeAbbreviationTitle
224-0208 ZSP Foundation Engineering in Difficult Conditions

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

Full-time form (validity from: 2017/2018 Summer 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 35  18
        Examination Examination 65  16
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Practise 100% with apology 20%

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2018/2019 (N2110) Geological Engineering (2101T003) Geological Engineering P English Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory study plan
2017/2018 (N2110) Geological Engineering (2101T003) Geological Engineering P English Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory study plan
2016/2017 (N2110) Geological Engineering (2101T003) Geological Engineering P English Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2020/2021 Full-time English Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2019/2020 Full-time English Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2018/2019 Full-time English Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block