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Steve Branch

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  • Comment on: Fit for retrofit: Three crucial questions architects should ask their engineer

    Steve Branch's comment 21 November, 2019 3:21 pm

    What also must not be overlooked is the capacity of foundations to accommodate more load once the building has settled under existing load. To a large extent the pressure on existing foundations is not relevant to whether more load can be applied - it is the incremental increase in load that is significant (subject to not completely overloading the foundations). So the concept of "spare capacity" is not so readily assessed for the foundations and a geotechnical assessment will be required.