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C649
An Introduction to Spread Footings and Mat Foundations

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

This course provides an introduction to the design of spread footings and mat foundations for buildings and other structures such as towers. When required footings cover more than half the area beneath a structure, it is often desirable to enlarge and combine the footings to cover the entire area. This type of foundation is called a raft or mat foundation and may be cheaper than individual footings because of reduced forming costs and simpler excavation procedures. A mat foundation also may be used to resist hydrostatic pressures or to bridge over small, soft spots in the soil, provided the mat is adequately reinforced.

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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