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ENGINEERING 303: Pier & Beam Foundations

Learning Objectives

  • Explain when a pier and beam foundation required.
  • Recognize caissons, timber piles, helical piles, auger-cast piles, micro-piles, grade-beams, freestanding pools.
  • List design, engineering, and construction considerations.
  • Describe drilling, driving, pile driver analysis, and construction details.


Pier and beam foundations are required when soils cannot adequately support a structure or when the proximity of the structure to a slope would otherwise result in tilting or sliding. This module provides a basic understanding of structural design and detailing of foundations so that mistakes are avoided during construction. It is not the intent of this module to teach structural engineering.

Time/ Credits

2:00 hrs

Instructor TBA


  • Module of C401