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Special Foundations - Part II

Ruben A. Gomez, PE

The structural design engineer finished the building framework and the foundation design, all his work was drawn up and ready to be submitted. His task finally came to completion; all the programmed work was done. But, was it?

Maybe not, for there still were three questions hanging from a thread over his head like the proverbial sword of Damocles:

#1- Is the project sitting on a hillside, hill skirt or a steep embankment? #2- Is it bearing on fine grained soil such as clay, silty clay or sandy clay? #3- Does the site have a history of landslides, mudslides or flooding?

If the answer to two of those questions is affirmative, a slope safety analysis is highly recommended by an experienced foundation engineer.

In this course we will see how to proceed with a slope stability assessment and how to improve the conditions which may be found at risk or how to maintain the slope to avoid catastrophic problems during the designated design period.

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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