Structural Foundation Designers’ Manual

Structural Foundation Designers’ Manual

The book is arranged so that it is possible for individual
designers to use the manual in different ways, depending

upon their experience and the particular aspects of founda-
tion design under consideration.

The book, which is divided into three parts, deals with the
whole of foundation design from a practical engineering

viewpoint. Chapters 1–3, i.e. Part 1, deal with soil mech-
anics and the behaviour of soils, and the commission and

interpretation of site investigations are covered in detail.
In Part 2 (Chapters 4–8), the authors continue to share their
experience – going back over 45 years – of dealing with
filled and contaminated sites and sites in mining areas;
these ‘problem’ sites are increasingly becoming ‘normal’
sites for today’s engineers.
In Part 3 (Chapters 9–15), discussion and practical selection
of foundation types are covered extensively, followed by
detailed design guidance and examples for the various
foundation types. The design approach ties together the
safe working load design of soils with the limit-state design
of structural foundation members.

The emphasis on practical design is a constant theme
running through this book, together with the application of

engineering judgement and experience to achieve appro-
priate and economic foundation solutions for difficult sites.

This is especially true of raft design, where a range of raft
types, often used in conjunction with filled sites, provides
an economic alternative to piled foundations.


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