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Bearing Capacity Publications Available for Downloading

FHWA RD-76-82 - An Occurrence and Distribution Survey of Expansive Materials in the United States by Physiographic Areas. This publication includes the geology, categorization, classification, evironmental considerations and distribution in the continental U.S. of expansive rocks and soil.

FHWA RD-83-027 Link - Design and Construction of Stone Columns, Vol. 1. Describes construction and design aspects of stone columns used for ground improvement and stabilizing soils.

FHWA RD-83-027 - Design and Construction of Stone Columns, Vol. 2. Appendix of volume 1 that describes construction and design aspects of stone columns used for ground improvement and stabilizing soils.

FHWA GT-16 - Determination of Unknown Subsurface Bridge Foundations. Provides descriptions of various geophysical implementation, equipment and exploration methods.

FHWA RD-97-142, 143, 144, and 00-157 - Durability of Geosynthetics for Highway Applications. This research document was intended to predict long-term strength loss of geosynthetic tensile capacity, primarily for mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls, reinforced soil slopes and foundation applications.

NAVFAC 7.01 - Soil Mechanics. This publication includes soil/ rock identification and properties, field exploration, field testing, instrumentation, laboratory testing, distribution of stresses, settlement analysis, volume expansion, seepage, erosion control, drainage filters, slope stability and slope protection.

NAVFAC 7.02 - Foundations and Earth Structures. Main topics includes excavations, compaction/ earthwork/ hydraulic fills, analysis of walls/ retaining structures, shallow foundations and deep foundations. This manual includes guidelines for braced excavations, excavation stabilization, embankment compaction, underwater fills, cofferdams, uplift resistance, foundation waterproofing and lateral load capacity on deep foundations.

NAVFAC 7.03 - Soil Dynamics and Special Design Aspects. Main topics include soil dynamics, earthquake engineering and special design aspects. Information pertaining to these topics include machine foundations, impact loadings, dynamic soil properties, slope stability, bearing capacity, settlement, vibratory compaction, pile driving analysis and field testing, ground anchor systems, seismic design parameters, liquefaction, sheet pile walls and laboratory testing.

USACE TM 5-852-4 - Arctic and Subarctic Construction - Foundations for Structures. The main topics are site investigations, foundation design, construction considerations and monitoring for structures in cold weather. Includes material considerations, excavation, backfill, inspection, slope stability, retaining walls, creep and bearing capacity.

USACE TM 5-818-4 - Backfill for Subsurface Structures

USACE EM 1110-1-1905 - Bearing Capacity of Soils

USACE EM 1110-2-2906 - Design of Pile Foundations. Note: This publication does not have an appendix. For link to appendix, click here.

USACE TM 5-818-8 - Engineering Use of Geotextiles

USACE TM 5-818-7 - Foundations in Expansive Soils. Note: This publication does not have an appendix. For link to appendix, click here.

USACE EM 1110-2-2200 - Gravity Dam Design. Includes evaluation of existing dams, foundation parameters, concrete properties, loads, stability analysis, structural design considerations, construction considerations and static/ dynamic stress analysis.

USACE EM 1110-2-2502 - Retaining and Flood Walls. Note: This publication does not have an appendix. For link to appendix, click here.

USACE EM 1110-1-2908 - Rock Foundations

USACE EM 1110-1-1904 - Settlement Analysis

USACE TM 5-818-1 - Soils and Geology Procedures for Foundation Design of Buildings and Other Structures (Except Hydraulic Structures)


References to Foundations in other Publications

Bowles, J.E., Foundation Analysis and Design, 4th edition, McGraw Hill Book Company, New York, 1988.

Broms, B.B., "Design of Laterally Loaded Piles,"Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, Vol. 91, pp. 79-99. ASCE, New York, 1965.

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Cold Climate Utilities Manual, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Montreal, 1986. An in-depth publication concerning water facilities. Also has excellent information pertaining to foundations, roadways, runways, dams, earthwork and soil properties.

Johnson, S.M. and Kavanaugh, T.C., The Design of Foundations for Buildings, McGraw Hill Book Company, 1968.

Peck, R.B., Hanson, W.E., and Thornburn, T.H., Foundation Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1974.

Phukan, Arvind, Frozen Ground Engineering, Prentice Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1985. This publication has information on soil classifications including a frost susceptibility soil classification, ice descriptions, as well as physical, mechanical and thermal properties of frozen soils. Drilling, sampling and testing are discussed. This book also includes a foundation design philosophy, and analysis of thaw settlement, shallow foundations, pile foundations, roadways, airfields, utility systems, and slope stability.

Poulos, H.G., and Davis, E.H. Pile Foundation Analysis and Design, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1980.

Rice, Eb, Building in the North, 4th ed., Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska, 1996. This publication mostly addresses the construction aspect of buildings. However, has excellent information pertaining to planning a suitable foundation type based on siting and building use.

Teng, W.C., Foundation Design, Prentice Hall International, 1962.

Woodward, R.J., Gardner, W.S., and Greer, D.M.,Drilled Pier Foundations , McGraw Hill Book Company, New York, 1972.

Wright, S.J., Reese, L.C., "Design of Large Diameter Bored Piles"Ground Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 8, England, 1979.


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