Designing Underground Building Structures


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Title: Designing Underground Building Structures

Author(s): Zhu Liu

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 42

Issue: 3

Appears on pages(s): 45-51

Keywords: tunnel, guide, specification, code

Date: 3/1/2020

Practitioners tend to design underground building structures per either the AASHTO Tunnel Guide or per the International Building Code (IBC) using load factors from the AASHTO Tunnel Guide. The advantages and disadvantages of both approaches are discussed. Based on the author’s engineering judgment and experience, a compromise application of load factors from the AASHTO Tunnel Guide in IBC load combinations is provided.


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