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Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 10:41
Subject: code soil values vs. site
I understand that if everyone on this list answered this question, I
get response that varied from one end of the "spectrum" to the
So let me define my target audience: private consulting
who typically work on low rise commercial
Do you typically use code given soil profile types or do you
do a detailed
site investigation involving geotechnical information?
Many times, at the start of design, no-one has done
any investigation. Often as not, there's no interest in doing so! In
that case I use Municipal advice or, failing that, generic code/textbook
values. Depending on the sensitivity of the site we may call for
investigation at construction onset.
Do some of you do both
depending on the project?
Do some of you offer the different
design methods to your clients based on a
cost / benefit analysis? If
so, what is the typical response from them.
When you say "method" do you mean material choice as
well as analytical method?
Depends on job size. Typically, for medium to
small projects, design method doesn't even come up as an issue; only the cost
of construction. Design concept/method may affect that. In other
words I choose/accept the procedure/material that fits the requirements
of the Client and Designer.