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Course Description

Introduction to LRFD for Foundation Design

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



NHI-132010B Introduction to LRFD for Foundation and Substructure Design is a web-based training (WBT) course covering fundamental and basic principles related to Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) for Highway Bridge Foundations. The course is developed to assist engineers in understanding the transition from Allowable Stress Design (ASD) to LRFD for structural foundations. Topics in this course include basic elements of LRFD development and implementation, principles of limit state design, loads and load combinations, soil and rock properties, and shallow and deep foundation design.

This WBT is designed to be both a stand-alone course that provides introductory information on LRFD for bridge foundations, and a prerequisite for attending NHI-132082 LRFD for Highway Bridge Substructure, a 4 day instructor-led course. NHI-132010B is a recommended prerequisite to NHI-132082 as well as other foundation design courses in the geotechnical curriculum.


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

  • Describe the development of LRFD and relationship to AASHTO.
  • Identify the LRFD equation, limit states, LRFD design objectives, and foundation materials associated with LRFD.
  • List loads, load combinations, and load factors associated with LRFD.
  • Categorize soil and rock properties to provide a basis for determination of geotechnical resistance of soil and rock.
  • Recognize shallow and deep foundation design by LRFD.


The target audience for NHI-132010B Introduction to LRFD for Foundation Design is individuals responsible for, or involved with, the design and construction of bridge substructures on surface transportation projects. Typically, the individuals will include an audience that is novice to LRFD, but has a background in bridge foundation design on surface transportation facilities such as geotechnical engineers, bridge and transportation engineers, geologists, and managers. This course is intended for those with general knowledge and/or skills with the bridge and/or geotechnical foundation and substructure design who desire to become familiar with LRFD.

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


There is no identified prerequisite for this course. However, this course is a recommended prerequisite for NHI-132082 LRFD for Highway Bridge Stubstructure, a 4-day instructor-led course.

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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