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Residential Foundations

Residential Foundations Guidelines

The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is pleased to provide the following documents:

On January 8, 2005, the Texas Section-ASCE Executive Committee voted to provide these guidelines at no cost. The guidelines can be downloaded using the links above.

The Texas Section welcomes comments on these guidelines. Online Comment Submittal Forms will be available soon.

These documents grew out of the response from many Section members to the residential foundation Policy Advisory issued by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) in 1998. Many ASCE practitioners expressed the opinion that technical guidelines, such as the Policy Advisory, should be created by a technical society such as ASCE rather than by the TBPE. A goal of the guidelines is to provide the TBPE with guidance in their evaluation of complaints brought against engineers practicing residential foundation engineering. Two Texas Section committees composed entirely of ASCE member Professional Engineers began work on these guidelines in 1999. The guidelines were adopted in October 2002 with an effective date of January 1, 2003.

These guidelines are not intended to be Standards, but are guidelines only, reflecting the engineering opinions and practices of the committee members. They in no way replace the basic need for good engineering judgment based on appropriate education, experience, wisdom, and ethics in any particular engineering application. Thus, they are primarily suited as an aid for and use by engineers.

Living with Shrink Swell Soils

The G-I Shallow Foundations Committee has published a technical brochure entitled Living with Shrink Swell Soils – A Homeowner’s Guide to Maintenance of Shallow Foundations. The brochure is available here: geoinstitute.org.

Committee Chairs

The committee chairs can be reached as follows:

 

  • Robert F. Pierry PE
    Robert F. Pierry PE
    Residential Foundations Oversight Committee
  • Marshall B. Addison PhD, PE
    Marshall B. Addison PhD, PE
    Evaluation & Repair of Residential Foundations Committee
  • Phillip G. King PE, D.GE
    Phillip G. King PE, D.GE
    Foundations Investigation & Design Committee
Robert F. Pierry PE
Residential Foundations Oversight Committee

Bob Pierry has been the President and principal owner of Pierry Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in evaluating existing residential and light commercial foundations since 2005.  Bob’s other experience includes 23 years in the foundation repair contracting business, preceded by 6 years with an asphalt paving contractor.  Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Duke University in 1976.

Bob has been an active member of ASCE for many years.  In addition to his current role as Chairman of the Residential Foundations Committee for the Texas Section, he has served as Chairman of the Texas Section Geotechnical Committee, which became the Texas Chapter of the Geo-Institute during his tenure, as well as Section Vice President – Technical.  Bob has also served on two national ASCE technical committees.

Bob currently volunteers regularly for Habitat for Humanity of Denton County, formerly serving on the Board of Directors as both Treasurer and Vice President.  Bob has been very happily married for nearly 40 years, and has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.  He enjoys traveling and scuba diving.

Marshall B. Addison PhD, PE
Evaluation & Repair of Residential Foundations Committee

Marshall B. Addison has been a full time self-employed Forensic Geotechnical Engineer since 1995 when he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995 with a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. As a PE he taught for 7 years as an adjunct faculty at UTA. He formerly worked for two large geotechnical firms one in San Jose, CA and the other in Dallas, TX from 1979 to 1991 where he coordinated soil investigations and wrote geotechnical reports. His primary field of expertise now lays in Forensic Geotechnical assignments, determination of causation and conceptual remediation schemes for geotechnical related failures and substandard performance, research and engineering literature review for forensic projects.

He has been an active member of ASCE at the technical committee level at both state and national levels. He recently co-edited the second edition of So Your Home is Built on Expansive Soils with two other Geo Institute Shallow Foundation Committee members and he helped develop the TX Section ASCE Guidelines for Evaluation and Repair of Residential Foundations. He has been married for 39 wonderful years, has three daughters, three grand kids and teaches preschoolers at his church. He wishes he had more time to play golf.

Phillip G. King PE, D.GE
Foundations Investigation & Design Committee