Laying the Groundwork for Your Building’s Foundation Design
Before you begin to appreciate the colossal superstructure of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, think of where each iconic architectural landmark started. Design has always been the starting point, and putting a spin on its constructive transformation entails an excellent foundation design for your project. Aesthetics and function won’t be brought to life if not for a virtual constructability review of your building’s structural aspect. To begin with, our engineers lay out all the foundation you need to build a strong substructure design for your project.
Specifying which foundation type you will utilize for your building project depends on a lot of structural design considerations. This can range from the bearing capacity of the soil, weight of the superstructure, soil type, groundwater table, frost depth, structural loads, environmental loads, site location, foundation material and all other factors which may affect how our civil engineers optimize your foundation design.
But first, you need to understand the working principle behind the foundation design, for which we have two types namely:
Usually three meters below the ground or as per specifications of our expert civil engineers, shallow foundations can range from raft or mat foundation, to different types of footing such as isolated, cantilever or combined. Here’s where you can utilize shallow foundations for your project: typical residential or commercial construction that are small to mid-scale in size. On the technical side, shallow foundations can be disadvantageous for lightweight structures due to possibilities of settlement.
Take your foundation design to the next level with deep foundations. After shallow foundations, you can safely anchor your superstructure to a deep foundation system such as pier, caisson or pile driving. Despite its higher construction costs in comparison with shallow foundation, deep foundations offer your near-shore areas or marine-based buildings an unmatched structural anchorage deep down the earth’s bedrock.
Knowing these foundation types can get you a headstart, but we are only scratching the surface here when it comes to the enormous complexity of foundation design. Hence, you need New York Engineers for in-depth civil engineering expertise on the most critical baseline point in your building project.