foundation system of burj al arab

What is the allowable settlement of foundation?

Allowable settlement:

The settlement of a foundation that is acceptable both structural and esthetic point of view is called allowable settlement which generally includes a rational factor of safety. As esthetic issue is considered to set acceptable settlement, architect often take part in determining allowable settlement. The structural engineer and architect should consult with foundation engineer about expected

• Loading conditions
• Allowable settlement of building
• Primary selection of foundation type

If above information is not available, geotechnical engineer has to calculate allowable settlement of building to determine proper type of foundation.