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Calibration at the Service Limit State, Incorporation of Foundation Movements in Structure Design

PROGRAM AREA: Geotechnical
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
4 Hours
0 Units
$0 Per Participant


NOTES:Prior to beginning the training, it is highly recommended that you download a copy of, "Incorporation of Foundation Movements in AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Process, Second Edition", also referred to as the "White Paper". This White Paper will be referenced throughout the training and can be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your web browser address bar:


Calibration at the Service Limit State, Incorporation of Foundation Movements in Structure Design is a 4-hour web-based training course offered by NHI, the authoritative source in transportation training.

Foundation movements cause many undesirable consequences, some of which include induced force effects which can lead to cracking or stress and differential movement which can lead to breaks in the grade causing rideability and/or drainage issues. These undesirable consequences often result in decreased structure life and increased maintenance costs.

Taking this course will help designers better understand calibrations for foundation movements, increasing their ability to mitigate undesirable consequences of foundation movements when designing structures. This course equips designers with the tools needed to rationally compare foundation alternatives and select the most appropriate foundation type, rather than arbitrarily using costly deep foundations.

The course consists of the following five modules covering the following topics:

1. Background and identification of key references

2. Identification of foundation movements, limit states, and terminology

3. Discussion of calibration concepts and demonstration of calibration process

4. Application of calibrated foundation movements

5. Summary and wrap-up

Note: There is no assessment for this course.

To enroll in this Web-based Training course, click "Add To Cart."

(Launched Fall 2019)


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the undesirable consequences due to foundation movements.
  • Calibrate foundation movements using principles of limit state design.


The target audience for this web-based training is individuals responsible for, or involved with, the design and construction of bridge foundations on surface transportation projects. Typically, the individuals will include an audience that have a working knowledge of load and resistance factor design (LRFD), and a background in bridge foundation design on surface transportation facilities. This audience includes geotechnical engineers, bridge and transportation engineers, geologists, and managers. This course is intended for those with general knowledge and/or skills with the development of load and resistance factors for design of bridges and structures who desire to become familiar with calibrations for incorporation of foundation movements in structure design.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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