Analysis of the Bearing Capacity and the Serviceability of Footings with GGU-Footing software

35 hours / 6 weeks

Online course

Dates: to be determined

The license for the program GGU-Footing will be temporary (3-months) for students.


The recent standards, e.g. the European Code EC 7-1 and DIN 1054, demand the following verification procedures for shallow foundations (strip, rectangular, circular and annular footings):

  • loss of overall stability,
  • sliding resistance
  • bearing capacity,
  • punching analysis.

The computer program presented in this course offers the necessary possibilities to perform these verifications in a very clear way. Nevertheless, fundamental theoretical knowledge and knowledge of the current standards are necessary.

The course provides both: the theoretical derivation of equations and verification procedures and the handling of the computer program GGU-Footing for securely performed verifications.


The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to the theoretical background of necessary verifications for shallow foundations – strip, rectangular, circular and annular – according to recent standards,  Eurocode EC 7 and DIN 1054, and to the application of the knowledge gained in this course to perform the verifications with the computer program GGU-Footing.

When having completed the course, the participants will have gained significant knowledge in soil mechanics and computational methods for ensuring the safety of shallow foundations chosen in order to safely transfer the buildings’ loads into the ground.

The course will provide significant feedback

  • on the theoretical level: the methods to perform the safety verification will be derived, requirements and assumptions will be explained
  • on the design level: with the detailed knowledge of valuable features and skills of the computer program GGU-Footing together with the theoretical background, strategies to design safe foundations will be provided

Examples for computer aided computations will be presented. Furthermore, with the use of GGU-Footing, a software package specialized on the analysis of shallow footings, the students will learn how to carry out the verification procedures corresponding to the European Code EC 7-1.


Limited places.

Module 1: Computation of stresses in the ground

  1. Derivation of equations and methods


Module 2: Computation of strains and settlements

  1. Derivation of equations and methods, DIN 4019


Module 3: Analysis of the Bearing Capacity of Footings

  1. Limitation of Misalignment, Overturning, EC 7
  2. Sliding Resistance, EC 7
  3. Bearing Capacity Safety, DIN 4017, EC 7

Module 4: Introduction to GGU-Footing

  1. Main features of the program, general handling
  2. Detailed description of GGU-Footing, strip foundations
    1. Advanced issues in the use of GGU-Footing
    2. Modelling and working on a problem
    3. Interpretation of the results


Module 5: Detailed description of GGU-Footing, rectangular foundations

  1. Advanced issues in the use of GGU-Footing
  2. Modelling and working on a problem
  3. Interpretation of the results


Module 6: Detailed description of GGU-Footing, circular foundations

  1. Advanced issues in the use of GGU-Footing
  2. Modelling and working on a problem
  3. Interpretation of the results

Dr.-Ing. Uwe Glabisch

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Glabisch teaches at the Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design at the department of Civil Engineering.

He is a graduate from the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Braunschweig, Germany and holds a PhD in Statics from that university. After his graduation from the University of Braunschweig he was a scholarship holder at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He had worked in the construction industry as well as in engineering firms, before he got the professorship at the Hochschule Wismar in 2003.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Glabisch’s teaching field is Geotechnics, his primary field of research is the hydration of geosynthetic clay liners.

The course is run in an online format. Throughout our innovative and powerful Virtual Campus, a dynamic and flexible environment is provided so the student can follow the course at his or her pace.
Within this virtual platform, students are in continuous contact with professors in a tailored way, solving questions together and widening knowledge and acquiring new skills. Students can also interact with other students and professors through webinars and forums.
Plenty of content can be found in the Campus: eLearning material, videos, technical articles, manuals, complementary documentation, real examples and exercises.
Project: a real-life project as the part of the “learning by doing” has been considered as the part of the course.
The aim is to apply your new knowledge in a real case and for each portion, you will receive a feedback.

Undergraduates, graduates and practicing civil engineers, who are interested in learning the available techniques and solutions for the design of shallow foundations.

As evidence of knowledge gained throughout the course, a certificate will be issued from the Virtual platform. This certificate is based on the modern technology Blockchain, which increases security, prevents fraud, builds trust and ensures you’re ready for the future.

The computer program presented in this course is used in the course of daily engineering work. Both, theoretical knowledge and significant experience are required for solving complex problems in the designing work of geotechnical engineers.

Thus, a fundamental understanding of the possibilities and limits of possible foundation systems based on a profound theoretical background is important for anyone working in civil engineering, especially for those who operate in geotechnical engineering.

Whether you are a student, a designer, a contractor, an academic, a researcher or you are working in geotechnical engineering, having a solid background both in theory and in using the computer program GGU-Footing will set you apart from the competition.

The course has been designed and structured to enable all participants to achieve such knowledge.


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