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Special Foundations - Part I

Ruben A. Gomez, PE

The building foundation system generally accounts for a very small fraction, perhaps in the order of 5%, of the total construction cost. Therefore its design should be amply adequate and have a comfortable safety factor, so that it can safely carry the other 95% of the investment without angst and worries. Engineers, architects and builders should always keep in mind the proverbial story taught by the historic events of the famous Tower of Pisa, sometimes taken as the object of jokes and ridiculous cartoons where the architect and builder, just to save a few barrels of lime mortar and rubble, placed the safety of the entire project in a compromised position. We can only imagine how the mere sight of a progressively leaning structure, such as the one referred to, must have constantly chased them and became a dreadful nightmare for the rest of their lives.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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