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I would say that critical settlement is where displacements jeopardize or
prevent another member in the frame from functioning (along load path) or
induce a significantly higher stress in it thereby "using up" it's potential
in load bearing capacity.

                                                            Greg Smith
-----Original Message-----
From: Sam Love <loveengr(--nospam--at)>
To: SEAOC <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Saturday, January 09, 1999 5:51 PM
Subject: Structure Magazine Questions

>What criteria should be followed in deciding if the settlement of a footing
is structural
>failure?  That is, how much settlement can occur before it should be
considered a
>structural failure?
>Sam Love
>Love Engineering, Inc.