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Tall buildings foundation

Tall buildings foundation

Tall buildings foundation

I am looking for some special requirements for tall buildings foundation. Information about settlement limits, settlement deferential limits or over requirements. Special analysis methods for tall buildings foundations.


RE: Tall buildings foundation

For building requirements check your local code and coordinate it with the structural engineer and architects. For analysis methods, I am assuming you will need a pile foundation, so the Tomlinson book for pile design and construction may be a good reference. You can get also basic input for pile design from Das book. I like also Bowles book as well.

RE: Tall buildings foundation

Okiryu Thanks for the answer and books recommendations.
I didn't find settlement limit in IBC. So I'm looking for other sources for this kind of requirements.

RE: Tall buildings foundation

Most of foundation engineering books have recommendations for maximum allowable total and differential settlements. Typically , I have been considered maximum total settlements no larger than 25mm and differential no larger than 15 mm. But for high raise buildings it may be more flexibility for allowable settlements due to the large loads that are involved.

RE: Tall buildings foundation

Very nice info BigH...

RE: Tall buildings foundation

Hi BigH, I remembered Clyde Baker did some good improvements for foundations of tall buildings in Chicago and found this:


Maybe, good book to purchase if the OP is really interested in foundations for high-rise buildings...

RE: Tall buildings foundation

Thanks Okiryu. I used to buy a lot of the special publications years ago when they had fire sales on old stock. Haven't seen this as of late. Baker also authored an article - and this might be of interest to OP - The Role of Peer Review . . . The article was in the ASCE Illinois Section, Vol 53, No. 6, July/August 2012. I got it by searching internet and it should easily be found.

RE: Tall buildings foundation

Hi BigH, will look for that publication. I also look for ASCE publications sales, but I have not seen them in a while...

RE: Tall buildings foundation

I'm sure this is already old news to most but it seems highly germane to this discussion: Link. Even the fact that the intended settlement was 6" is interesting.

I like to debate structural engineering theory -- a lot. If I challenge you on something, know that I'm doing so because I respect your opinion enough to either change it or adopt it.

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