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Stan, knowing that allowable bearing pressure is only one parameter required
for design, do you typically assume worst case conditions for other
parameters you need for seismic design in high risk areas?  I know that most
of my jobs are in areas of low seismic risk, so attempting to make
reasonable assumptions about lateral pressures, phi angles and stability is
probably not as critical for my designs as it would be in a high seismic
risk area.

Albert J. Meyer, Jr., P.E.
Martin-Espenlaub Engineering
(215) 665-8570 Tel
(215) 561-5064 Fax
ameyer(--nospam--at)martinaia.com


-----Original Message-----
From: George Richards P.E. [mailto:george(--nospam--at)borm.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 3:18 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject: RE: Requiring soils reports


Stan, Our office policy not the "standard of care in Calif."  Sorry for not
being clear.  GR.

-----Original Message-----
From: sscholl2(--nospam--at)juno.com [mailto:sscholl2(--nospam--at)juno.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 4:26 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Cc: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Requiring soils reports


Not so! We use 1000psf and only do soil report for larger projects- about
half of all projects.

Stan Scholl, P.E.
Laguna Beach, CA

On Wed, 12 Dec 2001 13:14:02 -0800 "George Richards P.E."
<george(--nospam--at)borm.com> writes:
> In Calif.  Always a soil report before design.  
> 
> George Richards, ARCE CalPoly SLO
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Albert Meyer [mailto:Ameyer(--nospam--at)martinaia.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 12:14 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Requiring soils reports
> 
> 
> I'm interested in knowing how many of you require that soils reports 
> be
> provided prior to the start of a building design, and how many 
> assume soil
> properties to do foundation design with the caveat that a soils
> investigation be done prior to the start of construction, and any 
> changes
> required to the structural plans due to the differences between 
> assumed and
> actual soil conditions are an additional service.  Thanks in advance 
> for
> your response.
> 
> Albert J. Meyer, Jr., P.E.
> Martin-Espenlaub Engineering
> Philadelphia PA
> (215) 665-8570 Tel
> (215) 561-5064 Fax
> ameyer(--nospam--at)martinaia.com
> 
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