3 Hour Course — Online Video
3 Hours of Continuing Education — AIA Approval #AIABLTI206
Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout
Quality construction begins with a strong foundation. Soil conditions, proper foundation layout and design, along with high performance concrete and concrete reinforcement will have a large effect on the productivity and profitability of the project. This three hour course is useful for anyone involved in foundation design and construction decisions, including contractors, architects, and engineers. The steps involved in foundation preparation and design are outlined through text, integrated videos, diagrams and slides.
After completing this course participants will be able to:
Chapter 1 – Soil Testing
*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the methods by which soil and rock deposits are classified and analyzed. 2) Be able to identify and conduct basic soil compaction and density tests. 3) Determine load bearing capacity of a foundation based on soil classification.
Chapter 2 – Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement
*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain the difference between chemical and mineral admixtures, and describe the several different types used. 2) Explain the process of, and importance of compressive strength testing. 3) Discuss how to construct proper concrete joints. 4) Describe and define 5 types of problems that typically occur with concrete.
Chapter 3 – Footings and Foundations
*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify and understand the components and methods to footing and foundation construction. 2) Understand the purpose of steel reinforcement in walls. 3) Recognize the importance of protecting foundation walls from water infiltration.
Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.
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