Differential Settlement

(Investigation and Recommendations)

Differential SettlementShallow foundations, such as in residential homes, are designed to have an adequate load capacity with limited settlement by a geotechnical engineer; the footing itself is designed structurally by a structural engineer.

Differential Settlement

Settlement and bearing capacity are the primary design concerns. When considering settlement, total settlement and differential settlement is normally considered. Differential settlement is when one part of a foundation settles more than another part. This can cause problems to the structure that the foundation is supporting. It is necessary that a foundation not be loaded beyond its bearing capacity or the foundation will fail.