The paper presents a review of current practice in foundation design and construction for low-rise buildings and makes recommendations for improved practice in certain specific areas. Requirements in relation both to Building Regulations and Codes of Practice are discussed and the need, when assessing building performance, for an objective and widely accepted approach to the classification of damage is stressed.
The BRE classification is presented in an Appendix. A section is devoted to good site investigation practice and various types of foundation are discussed in relation to ground conditions and construction considerations. Special ground problems are covered including shrinking and swelling clays, frost action, mining subsidence, fill and aggressive ground conditions.
M.J. Tomlinson, R. Driscoll and J.B. Burland