The next area of focus for us is to develop a web app that has the ability to calculate bearing capacity and estimate settlements for shallow foundations in accordance with the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) methodology and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) procedures.
We got tired of using out-of-date software that was difficult use, so we set out to create this site that specializes in developing applications for geotechnical engineering. This is the main web app that we had in mind when we set out to create Geotech-Apps.com.
Some of the features that the geotechnical web app will have are:
- Bearing resistance of footings on sand and/or clay
- Bearing resistance of various footing shapes (i.e. square, continuous, rectangle, etc.)
- Bearing resistance of eccentrically loaded footings
- Settlement estimates in accordance with Schmertmann's method
- Elegant output and graphs
- Simple to use
- and many, many more features...
We have already starting developing a very basic version of the web app and will release an alpha version in the early part of 2013. The web app will have basic functionality at first, but will be developed into a great app for geotechnical design.
The best part is that it will be free to use. We may devise different ways to generate revenue to pay for our expenses to maintain and host this web app, but it will generally remain free to use.