Thanks for valuable comments and advice from both of you. The project is
not yet underway and I have very few details available to go by. I am
beginning to collect information which will guide me thru the design phase.
Depending on the complexity, we may farm it out to a specialist as
suggested. As a primer, I found Chapter 1 with design examples in "Soil
Dynamics, Deep Stabilization, and Special Geotechnical Construction -
Design Manual, NAVFAC DM-7.3" interesting and straightforward.
Regarding the softwares suggested, I do not have access to SAP2000 or ROBOT.
We have STAADIII, which may might do the job. One of the first things I
have to do is to get dynamic properties from a geotechnical company and also
establish design criteria from the equipment manufacturer and customer.
Again, thanks for your help.
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