December 19, 2012

Footing Design

footing design
When putting together a footing design, it’s important to take into account the soil’s bearing capacity when designing the footing. The lower the bearing capacity of the soil, the wider the footing needs to be to offset the reduced capacity.

See the concrete footing design recommendations by the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code.

Other Foundation Footing & Design Considerations
When building a structure, the soil's bearing capacity needs to be taken into account during the design process. The bearing capacity is the maximum average contact pressure between the soil and the foundation which should not result in shear failure. 

The local soil needs to be analyzed prior to footing design. The International Building Code provides a list of soil bearing strengths. It's important to keep in mind that different soil types have different bearing capacities. 

Read more about foundation footing design, types of foundations and how the building weight all play a roll in the design and stability of a structure.

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