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Allowable Strength Design: Allowable Strength Design is a term used by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in the 14th Edition of the Manual of Steel Construction. Allowable Stress Design philosophy was left unsupported by AISC after the 9th edition of the manual which remained an acceptable reference design standard in evolving building codes (e.g.
Bearing capacity: In geotechnical engineering, bearing capacity is the capacity of soil to support the loads applied to the ground. The bearing capacity of soil is the maximum average contact pressure between the foundation and the soil which should not produce shear failure in the soil.