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An Introduction to Bearing Capacity Analysis

J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI

This course will introduce you to methods for analysis of soils and rock to determine load bearing capacity. Stresses transmitted by a foundation to underlying soils must not cause bearing-capacity failure or excessive foundation settlement. The design bearing pressure equals the ultimate bearing capacity divided by a suitable factor of safety. The ultimate bearing capacity is the loading intensity that causes failure and lateral displacement of foundation materials and rapid settlement. The ultimate bearing capacity depends on the size and shape of the loaded area, the depth of the loaded area below the ground surface, groundwater conditions, the type and strength of foundation materials, and the manner in which the load is applied.

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

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