Publication Abstract

Proceedings of DFI-India 2018: 8th Conference on Deep Foundation Technologies for Infrastructure Development in India, (DFI)

Need for Upgradation of Foundation Code for Highway Transportation Infrastructure (IRC:78-2014)
Alok Bhowmick, Managing Director

In this paper, an attempt is made to highlight the shortcomings of the current provisions of the code on Foundation and Substructure published by Indian Roads Congress (i,e. IRC:78-2014)[6]. Possible solution is also suggested. Inconsistencies between this code and other published codes of IRC brought out. Some of the contentious provisions in the code, which quite often creates confusion to structural and geotechnical engineers in the design of bridge foundations are also highlighted. Indian Roads Congress (IRC) is working for more than 15 years now to harmonize the IRC codes pertaining to highway bridge design to limit state philosophy. Significant progress has already been made in this regard. Codes on concrete, steel as well as composite structures have been revised with limit state philosophy. The code on Foundation and Substructure (IRC:78-2014) is however still outdated in many respects, including the fact that it is maintaining the working stress philosophy of design and yet to fall in line with the rest of the suite of codes.

 article #3150; publication #1050 (India2018)