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.
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.
GT-16 - Determination of Unknown Subsurface Bridge Foundations. Provides
descriptions of various geophysical implementation, equipment and exploration methods.
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.
- 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
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.
TM 5-818-4 - Backfill for Subsurface Structures
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,
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,
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,
USACE EM 1110-1-2908 - Rock
USACE EM 1110-1-1904 - Settlement
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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