The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 36 (1958) > Issues > Issue 13 > Foundations and Sub-structures
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Foundations and Sub-structures

FOUNDATION engineering, which is as old as the art of building, developed through the ages largely on the basis of accumulated experience utilised in conjunction with empirical procedures until, by the early part of the present century, it had nearly reached the ultimate limit possible without a new, more scientific, approach to the problems associated with the behaviour of the sub-surface materials of the earth. The pursuit of that approach is, in the authors’ opinion, the outstanding feature of the progress made during the last fifty years in this very important branch of structural engineering. F.M. Bowen and E.O. Measor