Smart questions
Smart answers
Smart people
Join Eng-Tips Forums
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

Member Login




Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Join Us!

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips now!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

Join Eng-Tips
*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.
Jobs from Indeed

Link To This Forum!

Partner Button
Add Stickiness To Your Site By Linking To This Professionally Managed Technical Forum.
Just copy and paste the
code below into your site.

hippo11 (Structural) (OP)
24 May 07 18:35
for foundation design...and for that matter, a map of frost depths all over the US would be nice...does anyone know of anywhere I can find this?  thx
JedClampett (Structural)
24 May 07 19:03
It's old and unofficial, but "Foundation Engineering Handbook" by Winterkorn and Fang has a map of selected cities' frost depth on page 489.
The values in Tennessee are about 15 to 18 inches.
RWF7437 (Civil/Environmental)
24 May 07 20:19
In my State (Oregon) the State amendments to the Uniform Building Code includes such a map along with wind speeds and seismic zones. Check to see if your State does the same.  Also check with the Tenn. Transportation Agency, Bridge Design folks.  They probably have this data too.

good luck
civilperson (Structural)
24 May 07 20:51
Each city specifies the local footing minimum depth or the county might have guidelines.  Frost is the supposed reason.
csd72 (Structural)
25 May 07 10:37
As civilperson said, call the local building department of the town that it is in. The state code is one thing, but often the local town has slightly different criteria.

While your at it check the snow and wind load with them.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close