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RE: Earth friction on sonotubes

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I doubt seriously you will find any geotech who would agree to his 

IBC aside, in the typical geotech report I see where uplift is addressed 
regarding deep foundations, the geotechnical engineer will disregard from 5 
 to 10 feet of the soil from grade as "disturbed" or what-have-you.

A geotech report done late last year for a location near the Houston Ship 
Channel that I'm using right now for foundation design, disallows the upper 
 FIFTEEN FEET of soils for uplift resistance.

-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Drew Morris Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 10:49 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Earth friction on sonotubes

I am reviewing the design of a foundation for a small barn for horses, 30' 
x 36'.  The designer is using sonotubes of various diameters with an embed 
depth of 2'-6".  To counter the uplift, the designer  is using the self 
weight and is counting on friction between the sonotube and the earth per 
IBC 2009 1810.3.3.4.

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