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Based on ACSE 7-02 a minimum safety factor of 1.67 (1/0.6) has to be achieved:

 

ACSE 7-02;

Section 2.4.1 Basic Load Combinations. (ASD)

7.             0.6D + W + H

8.             0.6D + 0.7 E + H

 

H = load due to lateral earth pressure, ground water

pressure, or pressure of bulk materials;

 

 

Regards

Khashayar (Casey) Hemmatyar, PE

California