Course detail

Special Foundation Methods (S)

FAST-NFB013Acad. year: 2020/2021

This course is an analysis of selected technologies of special foundations with emphasis on their characteristics and their use in building and civil engineering.
Design and evaluation design will always be in accordance with the design of technology.
Pile foundations – focus mainly on the group effect.
Sheeting design – design and assessment of the various parts of sheeting systems, including anchors and struts. Application of the method of dependent pressures.
Micropiles – the use of micropiles, design calculation.
Jet grouting – design, structural details.
Nailed slopes – design calculation.
Special problems – aggressive environment - protection of elements of deep foundations; undermined areas, seismic areas, permafrost.
Practice various areas of special foundations will form the semester project.


Institute of Geotechnics (GTN)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will master the course objective and will be able to propose foundation structures of difficult structures at hard geotechnical conditions will be able to design modern special foundation technologies.


Mechanical behaviour of soils, basic principles of structural mechanics, theory of strength and elasticity, structure design, basic knowledge of the design of foundation structures and of the design of foundation pit sheeting.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction into special foundation methods. Literature, standards, technical journals.
2. Aspects of geotechnical investigations.
3. Pile foundations – single pile (axially and horizontally loaded).
4. Pile foundations – group of piles.
5. Micropiles – technology, appplication, design.
6. Deep excavation – structural details and their specifics (micropiles, sheet pile and soldier pile wall).
7. Deep excavation – structural details and their specifics (pile and diaphragm wall).
8. Modern methods of static design of sheeting.
9. Jet grouting – as foundations and retaining element.
10. Improvement of soil.
11. Nailing of slopes.
12. Special problems-aggressive environment – pile foundations.
13. Undermining areas. Seismic regions. Permafrost.


To teach the students how to propose foundation structures of difficult structures at hard geotechnical conditions. To acquaint the students with the modern special foundation technologies.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPC-SIS Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer