Design-Build-Foundation-Structure ...

the design of the foundation structure depends on the loading from the superstructure and the capability of the supporting medium

In our discusion of the antomy of a building foundation we talked about foundation structure as being the base, the skeleton on which your dream home / building is built. It is the foundation structure on which the entire building is supported.

So, the importance of design and building the foundation of your dream home to suit your specific site conditions can not be overemphasized.




Loads from the superstructure support elements -- such as the load bearing walls, columns, and posts.


As I discussed in the structural member configuration the foundation structure has to be designed in such a way that it can safely transfer the input loads to the foundation support medium.

Ultimately, all the loding imposed on the foundation has to be carried by mother earth.

We need to ensure that the foundation structure is capable of carrying and transfering the input loading safely to the supporting medium downstream.

In case of large loads, and poor soil conditions, soil load bearing capacity investigation is conducted by geotechnical investigation by Geotechnical Engineers. Soil borings may need to be taken at strategic locations, penetrometer testing, for example Housel Test (popular in Michigan) may be performed, or a more extensive invetigation may be required depending on the site conditions.

In certain situations, such as poor soil conditions, large input loads, high water table, and so on, it may be necessary to use piles, or caissons to transfer the loads to good bearing strata.

In areas where we encounter expansive soils, we consider the use of post-tensioned concrete beam-and-slab system for the foundation.

In colder climates, where the supporting soil medium may be subject to freezing, the foundation is located below the frost line. For example in Michigan, the footings for permanent buildings are located 42 inches below the finished grade. When appropriate, we also engineer the foundation as shallow frost protected foundation.


In designing the foundation as a system, we have to ensure that the output loading from the foundation can be safely carried by the supporting medium.

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