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Rock Foundations

John C. Huang, Ph.D., PE

This course provides engineers and contractors with design guidance and technical criteria for design of rock foundations based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Manual on Rock Foundations. The manual provides a minimum standard to be used for designing a satisfactory rock foundation for the usual situation. It discussed design considerations, factor of safety, construction considerations, and selection of appropriate geotechnical instrumentation. The manual provides guidance on site investigation techniques and procedures, rock mass characterization and classification schemes, foundation deformation, sliding stability assessment, cut slope stability, and settlement and foundation bearing capacity. It also discusses conditions that cause construction or operation problems in rock foundation, such as underground cavities; swelling and squeezing rock, and gradational soil-rock contacts, rock weathering, saprolites, and residual soils. Unusual or special site, loading, or operating conditions may warrant sophisticated analytical designs that are beyond the scope of this manual.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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