Pole Foundation Design with Spreadsheet
John W. Andrew, P.E.
This course highlights the requirements for determining the embedment depths required and foundation pressures for pole foundations for signs, flagpoles, light poles and pole framed buildings in accordance with Section 1804 and Paragraph 1805.7 of the 2006 International Building Code. The course is designed to help architects and structural engineers become familiar with the design criteria for pole foundations. A copy of the 2006 International Building Code is required for this course. A downloadable Excel© spreadsheet is provided to assist with the calculations.
This course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to determine:
Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers and Architects.
Benefits to Attendee
The Attendee will learn how to determine the embedment depths and foundation pressures for many pole type structures, including signs, flagpoles, light poles and pole framed buildings. These pole foundations may be more efficient and easier to install than conventional spread footings in many applications.
Poles foundations are commonly used for sign, flagpole and light pole foundations and pole framed buildings. A design criteria for pole foundations is indicated in Section 1804 and Paragraph 1805.7 of the 2006 International Building Code. This criteria applies to vertical poles considered columns embedded in either earth or in concrete footings in the earth and used to resist lateral loads. The backfill in the annular space around a column that is not embedded in a concrete footing shall be clean sand thoroughly compacted by tamping in layers not exceeding 8 inches in depth.
The course content is in the following PDF file:
You are also requested to study the Spreadsheet in Excel:
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This course covered the requirements for determining the embedment depths required and foundation pressures for pole foundations for signs, flagpoles, light poles and pole framed buildings in various types of soil in accordance with the 2006 International Building Code. A downloadable Excel© spreadsheet was provided to assist with the calculations.
Related Links and References
1. 2006 International Building Code, International Code Council, Inc. 500 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001.
2. 2006 IBC Handbook Structural Provisions, International Code Council, 4051 Flossmoor Rd., Country Club Hills, IL 60478.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.