Foundation Failures and Remediation

Aims & Objectives:

The course introduces attendees to a range of common defects found in foundations. Additionally the course identifies key sources containing information to aid diagnosis defects. The ability to undertake tests and visual analysis of common defects are skills offered as key objectives of the course. Repair techniques are examined within the scope of training and the understanding of the basic construction technology of foundations is a key component delivered by the training course offered.

The training and knowledge offered covers three generic areas. These are:

  • Foundation types
  • Modes of failure
  • Remedial measures

Different types of foundation in common use is identified and explained. Defects often found in practice are highlighted and causation of failures identified. Remedies and repair options are explained and exampled to attendees.

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify defective foundations with greater accuracy
  • Be aware of options available for diagnosis problems
  • Be able to commission tests and use equipment to aid the defect identification process
  • Avoid costly misdiagnosis
  • Be able to apply knowledge gained to develop cost effective repair strategies and inform designers of potential risks in given ground types

Attendees will on completion of the course attain:

  • A broader more informed knowledge base in the key area of foundation defects and the diagnosis of the same. The course will provide a basis for further knowledge assimilation and improvement in operational competence

Course Outline:

  • Foundation types
  • Capacity of foundations
  • Assessment of supporting ground types and conditions
  • Building weights and support requirements
  • Types of failure
  • Tests and diagnosis
  • Remedial techniques
  • Case examples and discussion
  • Reflection and review

Mode of Delivery:

Throughout the training day the main method of knowledge transfer will be illustrated presentations. Actual case histories will be used to demonstrate how the knowledge disseminated in the presentations is applied in practice. To aid this process the training period will be supported with a number of group interactive sessions. Typically these will comprise:

  • Individual or Group Exercises
  • Discussion
  • Visual Aids e.g. short DVD/video, models, samples, etc.
  • assessment via group response to questions designed to assess knowledge assimilation

Benefits of Attending:

Participants to the course will gain a broader more informed knowledge base to apply when dealing with the repair or design foundations. The course will provide a basis for further knowledge assimilation and improvement in operational competence for attendees involved in the design or repair of foundations

Intended For:

Property Managers, Designers, Project Managers, Managers engaged in property procurement, Supervisory Building and Civil Engineering staff. Junior staff in training for supervisory roles.