The stability and integrity of any structure depend upon its ability to transfer loads to the ground which supports it. The function of foundations is to ensure the effective and safe transfer of such loadings, acting upon the supporting ground while preventing overstressing of the soil. The nature of the structure, its foundations and the soil onto which they bear dictate the ways in which this function is achieved. It is inevitable that in the period shortly after the construction of a building some consolidation of the soil takes place.
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