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Re: Concrete Piles w/ an R = 1.0!!

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Can't you just consider it a foundation and not a Lateral System? or is this thing sticking up out of the ground a ways?\

Does taking the reaction from the structure above and multiplying it by OMEGA (for the structure above) feasibly? This should accomplish the intent of the code (this member shall not yield)....


On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM, <lrhauer(--nospam--at)> wrote:
To All,

For designing an underpinning concrete pile, (caisson), foundation of an existing structure where the piles are a cantilevered element, (no grade beams at the top), ASCE Table 12.2-1 Item "G" requires an R of 1.0 for seismic loads. Can anyone give me some input on justification to use a higher R value, or am I stuck with the R of 1.0?

Thanks in advance,

Larry Hauer S.E.

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