Using the Support of Footings

Areas that have tropical weather often need plenty of space beneath them for air to circulate, so buildings in places that have something other than...


Building on Top of Sand

There are many areas in the world where people want to live close to nature, and ocean views are preferred. While it might seem to...


Using Foundation Space

There are some homes built with shallow foundation spaces, but not all of them require it. Rather than adding on to the house laterally, using...


Support from the Basement

Real estate agents love to be able to tout the additional footage of any home with a basement, and they often point out the additional...


The Beauty of Beams

Support from the ground to the roof is what keeps a home from sinking in on itself, but modern homeowners want open spaces. Many of...


Down from the Roof

Buildings can be quite complex when it comes to proper support, and each level needs to be held up to keep from crashing into the...

Building house, offices, factories or any construction must begin with a good foundation, and there are many factors construction companies must take into consideration. All the planning in the world will not help if the building is not properly supported, so a lot of engineering knowledge goes into looking at the ground where it will sit. There are a variety of factors that contribute to choosing the right foundation for a building, and they include how wet the soil is in the area, whether or not there is rock below the soil, and even if the area is prone to earthquakes, flooding, sink holes or other natural disasters.

The choice of a foundation is dependent on these factors, and engineers must design compensation into them to keep the building from sinking or falling down. The tower of Pisa is an example of bad foundation engineering, and modern construction companies would rather avoid this type of event from occurring.