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Sorry if this may be a little bit of a late contribution Brian..............................we had a pretty useful lunchtime talk presented in our office last week by a Geotechnical Engineering firm we work with a lot on th east coast. Amongst other topics this subject did come up and their position on this matter was that the site classification recommendation is controlled for end bearing and skin friction piles at pile cap elevation.

>From: "brian stanley"

>Subject: seismic - site classification
>Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 06:58:03 -0400
>When determining the appropriate site classification, is the type of
>foundation system considered or important. Table 1615.1.1 (IBC 2000) is
>used for the average properties of the top 100 ft. What happens if the
>foundation system is piles (end bearing) which extend down to 75ft. At that
>elevation, the average soil properties are quite different. Any thoughts.
>Brian Stanley, P.E.
>Baltimore, Md

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