Rudiments of a new foundation concept

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House building will in the end shift towards using large-sized industrially produced panels. To benefit in full of new housing methods the accuracy of a foundation must be geared to using large-sized wall panels. Since current foundation methods do not meet this accuracy a new foundation concept is developed to be prepared for future applications. A preliminary test in real practice showed the improved accuracy but also revealed additional benefits regarding costs and simplification of work. This new insight promises already opportunities in present-day house building. A major advantage besides accuracy is that all work can be done in unbroken activity to reply to shattered activities of current construction. The new foundation offers good prospects to have the entire work (including ground floor) contracted out to a subcontractor as an extension to groundwork, which is contracted out as a rule. Pilot tests in practice demonstrate substantial time reduction (30-45% on labour on site and additional by removing intervals between separate activities). Other advantageous aspects regard material use (almost halved though strength and stiffness are increased) and a prospect of pouring concrete for foundation beam simultaneous with concrete for ground floor. The new foundation is suited for strip foundations as well as pile foundations in housing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCITC-III, 3rd International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Advancing Engineering, Management and Technology
Editorsxx Syed M. Ahmed, xx Irtishad Ahmed, xx John-Paris Pantouvakis, xx Salman Azhar, xx Juan Zheng
Place of PublicationAthens
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event3rd International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-III), September 14 (?)-17, 2005 -
Duration: 15 Sept 200517 Sept 2005


Conference3rd International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-III), September 14 (?)-17, 2005
Abbreviated titleCITC-III
Other"Advancing Engineering, Management and Technology"


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