Principles of design and factorsaffecting choice of foundations
What are the factors that will determine theselection of a suitable foundation for any givenbuilding?
the type of building structure – how heavy theloads are that the building will carry or exert onthe groundthe soil conditions
– including whether the site is located in anarea that has known problems such as Radon Gas, minerals or evidence of mineral extraction in the area
external or site constraints
– the physical size and shapeof the site and whether it is possible or practicable to usemechanical digging equipment
type of foundations available
– whether the foundations aresuitable for the type of building that is being designed