Blog

Nothing Beats A Solid Foundation

Nothing Beats A Solid Foundation

Omega Consulting Africa (Pty) Ltd

NOTHING BEATS A SOLID FOUNDATION

One of the most important parts of any building is its foundation because it provides the necessary support for the structures it carries. Costly problems can occur if the basic requirements for a solid foundation are not met, including differential settlement, a compromised structure and even structural collapse.

It is a common misconception that the word “foundation” only refers to one element of a structure, namely the foundation trench. A foundation actually contains several elements, including the ground that supports the structure as well as all the elements between the ground and the structure above ground. For example, the foundation for the average home will include a foundation trench, the soil, sand or rock underneath the trench, the concrete strip footing and the foundation brickwork.

Your structural engineer can guide you on the steps you need to take to ensure that the foundation for your home or building project is sound. In some cases, where there is doubt about the suitability of the soil conditions, the assistance of a geotechnical specialist will also be necessary. This is particularly relevant in the Overberg, where there is a wide variety of sub-soils - from sand and rock strata to thick clay.

Different types of foundation designs are used to accommodate these different soil conditions and types. Where it is unsafe or uneconomical to use standard foundations, for example where there is a high probability that the soils will deform under load, your structural engineer will suggest the necessary soil improvement or design strategies.

All foundations for single and double-storey structures have to comply with the National Building Regulations, SANS 10400 Part H. (Visit www.sabs.co.za for more information on legislation).

If you need help to ensure that your building’s foundations are solidly built, contact Kent Georgala at Omega Consulting Africa for expert structural engineering advice.

Nothing Beats A Solid Foundation

Omega Consulting Africa (Pty) Ltd

Omega Consulting Africa (Pty) Ltd is a Napier-based civil engineering consultancy company. Spearheaded by Kent Georgala, Omega Consulting Africa (OCA) provides professional consulting and engineering services to clients in numerous industries looking for solutions to complex engineering problems. Se...

View Profile

What is Xplorio?

Xplorio is your local connection allowing you to find anything and everything about a town.

WATCH THE VIDEO: Welcome to Betty's Bay!
Read More

Other Articles

Vacancy Hermanus: Accountant

Vacancy Hermanus: Accountant

We are recruiting a dynamic Accountant who will be a good fit to join the energetic team of our client in Hermanus.

AF Consulting
Vacancies: Hermanus - Advanced, Intermediate and Basic Life Support

Vacancies: Hermanus - Advanced, Intermediate and Basic Life Support

Our client is expanding their Advanced Life Support operations in Hermanus and surrounds.

AF Consulting
Vacancy - Gordons Bay - Driver Code 10

Vacancy - Gordons Bay - Driver Code 10

My client in Gordon’s Bay is recruiting for a Code 10 driver to start as soon as possible.

AF Consulting
Pikkewyntjies Circus Concert - 25 November 2019

Pikkewyntjies Circus Concert - 25 November 2019

Come and support Pikkewyntjies / Penguinkidz Pre-School for their Circus Concert!

End-of-Year Concert Preparations

End-of-Year Concert Preparations

The School is an extra busy place at the moment with preparations for the end-of-year concert

Paternal Leave Benefits As From 1 November 2019

Paternal Leave Benefits As From 1 November 2019

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will start processing claims for the new paternity benefits from Friday, 1 November 2019.

AF Consulting
See All Articles