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RE: Eccentric Footing Load

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FWIW, I've had building inspectors require a structural engineer verify the adequacy of a footing that was too wide.  Coincidentally, today was the second such site visit for this very condition.  And this is only for single-story residential garage structures with no unbalanced backfill.
Frankly, I won't be loosing any sleep over this one and I won't ask them to cut off the long side.  It doesn't hurt that our soils are almost bulletproof in these areas.
Jim Wilson, PE
Stroudsburg, PA

Michael Bryson <mbryson(--nospam--at)> wrote:
I would ignore the eccentricity. The footing might tilt slightly but this would be minimal as the soil deforms plastically and reaches equilibrium.
The pressure distribution even under a concentric footing is not uniform.
Michael Bryson, SE

-----Original Message-----
From: Wesley Werner [mailto:wwerner(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2006 11:35 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Eccentric Footing Load

    Do you need to design for eccentricity in a footing if a smaller footing works concentrically loaded? For instance, if a 6'x2' footing works can you use a 6'x3' footing with 6" of eccentricity in the 3' dimension and ignore the eccentricity because a 2' width would work for soil bearing? Or do you need to increase the 6' dimension to make soil bearing pressures work for 6" eccentricity? How would the soil know that there is an extra foot of concrete?

Wesley C. Werner

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