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Foundation design book

Foundation design book

Foundation design book

I am looking for a practical reference book which presents foundation options for building adjacent to existing foundations.  Interested in design considerations for underpinning, soil nailing, helical piers, micro-piles, etc.  Also interested in a good reference for deep foundation design.  Any suggestions?

RE: Foundation design book

Bowles - Foundation Design

A great reference book with many practical examples.

RE: Foundation design book

I am more of fan of M.J. Tomlinson's works - he has one on Foundation Design and Construction and another on Pile Design and Construction.

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Thanks for the replies Qshake and BigH.  One concern however - I would prefer design examples in Standard US units.  I have read a review that says the later editions of the Bowles book has all units in SI.  Does anyone know which edition made this transition.  Also, do the examples in the Tomlinson books use metric units?

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Almost all new texts are in SI units - you'd have to go to some older ones (Tschebotarioff, Krynine and Judd, Terzaghi and Peck (1967), etc).  I know the feeling of SI and English - having moved to Canada in 1975 just after they started to change over.  I found if I started in English, I had to stay in it - if I was in SI, I had to stay in it too.  Now I'm much more comfortable - so long as they don't use tonne/m3!!!  But, you should really learn the SI system - it isn't that hard.
   20psf = 1kPa (approx)
    1 tON = 10 kN
    1 tsf = 100kPa
    62 psf = 10 kN/m3

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Regardless of units the theory is still the same. Tomlinson - Foundation Design and Construction is an excellent reference, lots of examples and very well considered solutions to common problems.


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A.B. Chance has an excellent literature on their helical anchors and using them for underpinning. Their data can be found at this link:


Good luck.

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A. B. Chance has information on each of the mentioned topics - underpinning, soil nailing, and micro-piles.  However, do not rely on Chance information only.  If the ground is hard or has any obstructions to screwing-in helices, the Chance systems may not be vaible and other method or systems may be required.

Bowles, Winterkorn & Fang, Rotay, and FHWA have excellent publications on these topics.

RE: Foundation design book

You could also try this book;

Structural Foundation Design by Curtins although it is in metric units but a very well presented text book for the practising engineer.

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Sorry, I misspelled the name of Robert T. Ratay.  His book is Handbook of Temporary Structures in Construction.

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Jum/PEinc - could you give full details on references - publisher, year, etc.
   We seem to get a lot of such questions on references, etc. and I was thinking that we should sort of get together over the coming months and put together an exhaustive list of such references along with short comments - then we can put them all in a FAQ for future reference.  Anyone else game???  Let me known if so - bohica@indiatimes.com .

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EXCELLENT idea, BigH!  I'll send a few in about a week - by my usual route -

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RE: Foundation design book

Handbook of Temporary Structure in Construction, 2nd Edition, Robert T. Ratay, McGraw-Hill, 2003?
Covers a lot of topics but not in too great detail. Fairly practical.

Foundation Analysis And Design, Joseph E. Bowles, McGraww-Hill, 4th Edition is 1988, 5th Edition year is ?  I still mostly use the 1st Edition (Imperial Units)
Contrary to the opinion of some forum experts, I believe Bowles' books are invaluable.  His first edition is probably my most used reference.  His later editions are heavy on SI units.

Foundation Engineering Handbook, Winterkorn & Fang, I have 1975 (1st?) Edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. I believe there is a newer edition(s) by one or both of the authors.
This book covers many topics and in more detail than many books. Chapters are written by various experts.  Good underpinning chapter.

Practical Foundation Engineering Handbook, 2nd Edition, year = ?, Robert Wade Brown, McGraw-Hill.  I have 1st Edition, 1996
Book covers practical aspects of many topics.

FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) Manuals - too many to list. Search www.fhwa.dot.gov//bridge/geopub.htm
While sometimes conservative, these manuals are a must if you are working on U.S. highway projects.

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I just bought Foundation Design by Coduto. I got it because it seems introductory and practical. I don't know how it ranks with the other foundation books.

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I don't know about the book, but I have a lot of respect for Don Coduto.  He's a good engineer -

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I'll incorporate and, as I said, send to my listed e-mail address - I'll combine it all. - suggest we do by topics, too. Your insights/summaries of best, etc. will be of great use.

I also bought Conduto's Geotechnical Engineering Principals and Practices - it is a good one as introductory (got the version in India at about $10).  Winterkorn and Fang is now Fang only and new people have written many of the various chapters.  I don't know details on the western publishing as, again, since I am in India, I have the Indian version.  Also - it will be on my list - we shouldn't forget G. A. Leonards book on Foundation Design - it was the first bible until Winterkorn and Fang seemed to be put out to "replace" it.  Units of Leonards are all in English.
   Look forward to hearing from you all.

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