Course syllabus

Foundation Engineering

VGTF01, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2014-04-03

General Information

Elective for: V4-hb, V4-at, V4-ko
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to give knowledge in foundation engineering and to give ability to, on the basis of results from geotechnical investigations, apply the knowledge on geotechnical engineering tasks occurring in practice.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The following subjects are treated: computation of settlement, ground reinforcement methods, shallow and pile foundations, statistical methods and design of supporting structures. In addition computer exercises using software for soil mechanics problems are included. An extensive exercise is performed, where geotechnical design is performed on the basis of results from a geotechnical investigation.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination and hand-in assignment.

Code: 0111. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination Contents: Questions/tasks regarding theoretical and applied matters.
Code: 0211. Name: Design Assignment.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written and oral presentation of design assignment. Contents: Assignments according to the course description and the course programme.


Required prior knowledge: VSMA05 Structural Mechanics, VGTF05 Soil Mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VGT021

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Ola Dahlblom,
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