The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 90 (2012) > Issues > Issue 11 > Technical Guidance Note (Level 1, No. 19): Soil bearing capacity
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Technical Guidance Note (Level 1, No. 19): Soil bearing capacity

When designing foundations for a structure there is a need to determine the bearing capacity of the soil. This applies to all forms of foundation, from a simple pad footing to a pile cap. The bearing stress capacity of the soil is the key variable that has a direct impact on the form and size of foundations. This Technical Guidance Note explains the principles of how bearing capacity of soils are determined and how it impacts on the design of foundations.

Author(s): The Institution of Structural Engineers