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Foundation engineering is the application of soil mechanics and rock mechanics (Geotechnical engineering) in the design of foundation elements of structures.
Foundations are designed to have an adequate load capacity depending on the type of subsoil supporting the foundation by a geotechnical engineer, and the footing itself may be designed structurally by a structural engineer. The primary design concerns are settlement and bearing capacity. When considering settlement, total settlement and differential settlement is normally considered. Differential settlement is when one part of a foundation settles more than another part. This can cause problems to the structure which the foundation is supporting. Expansive clay soils can also cause problems.
All building and construction activity requires proper planning of excavations, embankments and cuttings and a realistic description of how the foundation for the planned building construction is to be designed and executed. Inadequate engineering design can lead to damage to neighboring buildings, fractures to water and drain pipes, harmful deformations and uneven settlement, or at worst, ground failure and collapse of buildings and structures.
By hiring a professional foundation engineer you could be assured of professional assessment of your foundation. They will provide thorough understanding on soil, rock and groundwater conditions which determines if your house could be stable on the ground.
The long term stability of your homes depends on your foundation. If you are with the best foundation engineer then you will have the peace of mind that your home will be strong in case of natural disasters. If you are trying to fix your home then let the foundation engineer recommend procedures that could solve your issues.
You need to hire a licensed Professional Engineer - this is an engineer that has been licensed in your state to provide engineering services. This process is very rigorous with requirements for education, testing, and experience that helps weed out incompetents. A number of individuals are out there that say they are "engineers", but they are not licensed. Many of them do not in fact have degrees in engineering.
Following are questions to ask of an engineer you are thinking of hiring:
1.What is your design fee?
2. What is your education? (A Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is the minimum you should accept.)
3.How fast is the turnaround for your report?
4. How many foundation failures have you investigated?
5. How many foundations have you designed in my area?
6.Do you have references?
To obtain work as a foundation engineer, even at the entry level, almost all professionals need a bachelor’s degree in engineering at a minimum. Most engineering degrees prepare students for their future specialties.
To be able to qualify for the license, most states require that a candidate graduate from an accredited engineering program, have four years of working experience and complete a state licensing exam.
Once licensed, professional engineers are often assigned an identification number that must be stamped or embossed on any plans they approve. Many state license boards also require that a professional engineer take a minimum number of hours of continuing education each year.
It’s usually the case that the more years a professional has under their belt, the more experience they have. Because there are many disciplines in engineering, and even in foundation engineering itself, make sure to hire an engineer who specializes in and has experience with residential projects.
One aspect of foundation engineering that’s unlike other professions is extensive documentation. A foundation engineer should be able to show you a portfolio of photos or drawings of recently completed work.
To sum it up, a foundation engineer will look out for your best interests, from assessing foundation quality, to determining the extent of any foundation damage or failure, to providing solutions for any foundation-related issues. Those are the main reasons why it is important to hire a competent Foundation Engineer.
Call Colorado Engineering Services to get a free cost quote for your foundation engineering and design needs.