Deep Foundations In the Future (Available in Geo-Environmental Special Issue only)

by Lymon C. Reese, P.E., (Hon.M.ASCE), Prof. Emeritus of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Texas at Austin,
William M. Isenhower, P.E., (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Ensoft, Inc./Lymon C. Reese & Assoc., Austin, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 2, Pg. A2-A9

Document Type: Feature article


The design and construction of deep foundations has gone from an art form to a scientifically based engineering practice. Research in this field has improved over the past century and continues to progress with developments in more accurate measuring instruments, computer hardware and software, and design codes. The further development of relatively new foundation systems, such as the soil-cement pile and the screw pile, as well as other innovations will help engineers overcome some of the challenges of deep foundations.

Subject Headings: Pile foundations | Deep foundations | Foundation design | Foundation construction | Engineering profession | Standards and codes | Soil cement

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