Code of Practice for Foundations 2017

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This Code of Practice was prepared on the basis of being ‘deemed-to-satisfy’ the Building (Construction) Regulations as far as the design and construction of foundations are concerned. Departure from the requirements and recommendations of this Code of Practice or the use of other standards or codes of practice for design of foundations may require demonstration of the compliance with the provisions of the Building (Construction) Regulations.
This Code of Practice is intended for local use only. Methods of foundation design that are currently and commonly used in Hong Kong are included in this Code of Practice as far as possible. It should be noted that some methods of foundation design have been developed from practical considerations and experience and have been accepted on the basis that they have been demonstrated to have worked satisfactorily.
In addition to technical aspects, this Code of Practice also includes brief descriptions of local practices that could affect the design and construction of foundations. The descriptions cover mainly the purposes and objectives of the practices. Detailed procedural requirements are not included; reference should be made to the most current practice notes issued by the Buildings Department or other government departments or bureaux.
Design for seismic effect is not presently included in this Code of Practice. However, where seismic effect is considered in the design of the superstructure, it should also be considered in the design of the foundation.
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Code of Practice for Foundations 2017
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