Foundation Engineering...102

by Kord J. Wissmann, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), President, Chief Engineer; Geopier Foundation Company, Davidson, NC, kwissmann@geopier.com,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 1, Pg. 46-50


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Most of our textbooks still separate foundation options into two simplistic categories: shallow or deep. That's why so many of us are geared toward thinking about the foundation world in those terms: Is it an inch, or is it a mile? Can we support our structures on inexpensive shallow spread footings, or must we go to more costly deep foundations? But despite the pervasiveness and great clarity of our dual classification system, the foundation world has changed much in the past 25 years. Many of our old categorizations are no longer so simple.

Subject Headings: Deep foundations | Shallow foundations | Geotechnical engineering

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