foundation system of burj al arab

How to Differentiate Shallow Foundation to Deep Foundation?

At first, what is foundation? We all know that every structures (concerned in civil engineering) exerts certain loads (depending on structural criteria and loading pattern) to supporting (underlying) soils. The lowest portion of structure generally lies below ground level. This portion transfers load to underlying soil or rock known as foundation. A term bearing capacity is involved with foundation. But we will go through this term in our upcoming posts.


Shallow foundations are generally placed on an adequately firm soil not very deep from ground and as discussed above is the lowest portion of structure. Sometime this portion can be said as sub-structures.

Shallow foundation for silo
These may be

–simple footing
-spread footing


Reinforcement cage is placing before casting a pile
Shallow foundations are usually defined as the foundations that are placed at founding depth which is less than width or breadth of foundation.


This definition has limitation when its width becomes larger. A sensible definition can be used

-its depth less than breadth
-its depth less than 3 meters.


Deep foundation generally transmits loads of structure to considerably greater depth through lower portion of superstructure. The usual deep foundation are

-pile
-pier
-caissons etc.

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