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Recent developments in the analysis and design of foundations are to be detailed in a four day short course at London's Imperial College in June.

The course will look at modern good practice in foundation design, including the importance of both geological and geotechnical aspects of ground conditions, current limit analysis methods for bearing capacity and definition of factors of safety.

Workshops will be held in addition to lectures by leading experts in the field. 'The problems posed by the construction of shallow foundations on plastic clays, ground movements and building damage resulting from wetting and drying of clay are to be considered in detail,' said director of continuing education Dr Mervyn Jones.

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