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Preventing Foundation Failure in Architecture

Young architect give suggestion to colleagues at construction site

Quality construction begins with a strong foundation. Soil conditions, proper foundation layout and design, along with high performance concrete and concrete reinforcement will have a large effect on the productivity and profitability of a project. Architects working with any type of soil and foundation conditions must have a strong understanding of various types of soil and their load bearing capacity.

Architects Training Institute has created a 3-hour course useful for anyone involved in foundation design and construction decisions, including contractors, architects, and engineers. The steps involved in foundation preparation and design are outlined through text, integrated videos, diagrams and slides.

Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout will cover:

  • Soil Testing: This section will describe the methods by which soil and rock deposits are classified and analyzed. Help Architects to identify and conduct basic soil compaction and density tests. As well as determine load bearing capacity of a foundation based on soil classification.
  • Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement: This section will explain the difference between chemical and mineral admixtures, and describe the several different types used. Explain the process of, and importance of compressive strength testing, to name a few
  • Footings and Foundations: This section will explain ways to identify and understand the components and methods to footing and foundation construction. It will also cover the importance of protecting foundation walls from water infiltration.