Settlement limitation requirements in most cases control the pressure which can be applied to the soil by the footing. Acceptable limits for total downward settlement or heave are often 1 to 2 inches or less.
(1) Total Settlement. Total settlement should be limited to avoid damage with connections in structures to outside utilities, to maintain adequate drainage and serviceability, and to maintain adequate freeboard of embankments. A typical allowable settlement for structures is 1 inch.
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