Course Summary & Description:
This course reviews technical criteria and guidance for the design of rock foundations for civil works or similar large military structures which are governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ engineering manual 1110-1-2908. This manual also provides a minimum standard to be used for planning a satisfactory rock foundation design for the usual situation.
This manual is intended to provide a guided approach for the design of rock foundations. Any design which involves rock masses requires a decision- making process in which information must be obtained, considered, and reconciled before decisions and judgments can be made and supported. As such, the manual provides a step-by-step procedure for planning, collecting, and categorizing the information required to make intelligent decisions and value judgments concerning subsurface conditions, properties, and behavior. A fully coordinated team of geotechnical and structural engineers and engineering geologists are required to insure that rock foundation conditions and design are properly integrated into the overall design of the structure and that the completed final design of the structure is safe, efficient, and economical. Foundation classification and design work should be guided by appropriate principles of rock mechanics.
This course will review design considerations and factors of safety as well as providing guidance on site investigation techniques and procedures. The student will learn basic principles involving foundation deformation, settlement and foundation bearing capacity. In addition, the student is cautioned that any unusual or special site, loading, or operating conditions may warrant sophisticated analytical designs that are beyond the scope of this manual. At the completion of this course, the student will have reviewed rock anchorage systems and guidance on the selection of appropriate geotechnical instrumentation.