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Improving bearing resistance of the soil

Improving bearing resistance of the soil

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I am still a civil engineering student and have used this forum for learning for a couple of times. But today I found a thread talking about bearing resistance of soil for foundation and one information over there really bugged me. An user stated that the bearing capacity of a soil "is what it is" and there is nothing much that can be done to change that value.
So I had a doubt of in what aspects he said that, since, if I am not wrong, the bearing capacity can be increase by compaction or drainage (common and simple techniches, right?), can't it? Was he saying from a practical point of view, where its cheaper and easier to just modify your foundation design (for different type or depth) or compaction really does not increase bearing capacity?

Many thanks

RE: Improving bearing resistance of the soil

You are right. Look up: vibroflotation; compaction grouting.

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