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List,

I've been designing a crane runway for Puerto Rico (first designed in 
'99 and then postponed).  The soil is a Type SE.  Consequently, the 
seismic forces are quite high.

The end customer has said that the foundation will be placed on 
piles.  How will this affect seismic loading?  As we are not relying 
on the soil, can we reduce the seismic loading and what can be used 
in lieu of SE?

thanks muchly,
Gary

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