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AF2609 Foundation Engineering 7.5 credits

After this course, the student will be able to:

• Understand foundation design in relation to ground movement

• Design deep foundations, piled foundations, sheet piling constructions, retaining wall constructions and soil improvements

• Evaluate the soil-structure interactions

• Calculate stresses and strain in soil and structures

• Evaluate deformations in the soil due to excavation and foundation works

Please note that all lectures will be held in English.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2609 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

• Foundation design in relation to ground movement

• Foundation construction

• Deep foundations

• Piled foundations

• Sheet piling

• Soil dynamics

• Retaining walls

• Soil reinforcement

• Foundations on rock

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to give advanced knowledge on analysis and design of foundation constructions. After this course, the student will be able to:

• Explain how ground movement affects foundation design and soil-structure interaction.

• Design various types of piles with regard to stability.

• Describe different types of soil reinforcement.

• Design sheet pile walls considering geotechnical and structural failure.

•  Design slab foundations with regard to with regard to dynamic aspects.

•  Describe design aspects of foundations on rock.

Please note that all lectures will be held in English

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in soil mechanics or foundation engineering. And structural mechanics, structural engineering in at least total 12 ECTS points corresponding to the content in courses AF1601 or AE1106 and AF1005. 

Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examin, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Ten1-examination, 4,5 hp

Övn1-execises, 3,0 hp

Other requirements for final grade

Ten1-examination, 4,5 hp

Övn1-execises, 3,0 hp

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Suihan Zhang