SE-006 Design of Residential Foundations: 8 PDH
Description of the course / activity content:
This course provides guidance on design and construction of residential foundations. The course includes information on concrete (plain and reinforced), masonry (unreinforced and reinforced), and other type of foundation structures (insulated concrete forms and wood foundation walls).
A foundation supports and anchors the superstructure of a building and transfers all loads (including those from flood, wind, or seismic events) imposed on it directly to the ground. Foundations distribute the loads to the earth over an adequate area so that loads do not exceed the bearing capacity of the soil and so that lateral movement or settlement is minimized. In cold climates, the bottom of the foundation must be below the frost line to prevent freeze-thaw damage and frost heave of the footing.
A foundation in residential construction may consist of a footing, wall, slab, pier, pile, or a combination of these elements. This course addresses the following foundation types:
- Crawl space
- Slab-on-grade with stem wall
- Monolithic slab
- Alternative methods
This course is based on Chapter 4 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development document “Residential Structural Design Guide”, Second Edition.
This course is intended for use by civil and structural engineers, design and construction professionals, students and others interested in learning about design of residential foundations.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Discuss different materials used in residential foundation construction
- Demonstrate how to establish soil safe load bearing capacity and size of footings
- Design plain and reinforced concrete footings
- Design reinforced and unreinforced masonry and concrete foundation walls, including lintels
- Describe other type of foundation walls such as Preservative-Treated Wood Foundation Walls and Insulating Concrete Form Foundation Walls
- Explain design and construction of slabs on grade
- Discuss pile foundation design and construction
- Discuss and explain frost protection measures
- Perform step by step design of residential building foundations
Refunds and Cancellation Policies
The course is accepted by the Professional Engineering boards in states listed on this page. In an unlikely case the course is not accepted by the board listed on this page, we will refund the full payment and will pay for you to take another course of equivalent monetary and PDH / CEU value
Length of the Course / Activity
This course is intended to be studied at self-pace and it should take on average of 8 hour to read and be able to comprehend the material to successfully past the online quiz
To receive the certificate of completion for the above 8 PDH online course, you will need to take a 40 question multiple choice quiz based on the reference material supplied and pass with minimum score of 70%. There is no time limit for the quiz and it can be taken multiple times until a passing score of 70% is achieved
Certificate of Completion
Once you achieve a passing score of 70% on the quiz you will receive and be able to print your Certificate of Completion as a record of your continuing education. PDH Star will keep a record of your certificate for the duration as required by your state of licensure. You will be able to log on to your account and view and print your past Certificate of Completion
This course is accepted in all states mandating continuing education:
AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY
- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 8 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 16
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self
There are several questions with incorrect answers or without the correct answer. Not too sure I would take this course again because a certain number of questions/answers are automatically wrong. PDH STAR response: Thank you for your comment. We checked the answer key for the quiz and we did find that, out of the 40 questions, one question had an incorrect answer and one did not have a correct answer allocated. We have already corrected this. Thank you again for the feedback.
When I took the quiz and reviewed the questions I missed, I found that either I was correct and the quiz was wrong, or there was wrong information in the text. These mistakes should be fixed. PDH STAR Response: Thank you for your comment. If you press the number of the next question instead of pressing the Next button, your answer will not be recorded. Hope this helps.