Meyerhoff's Foundations on Top of a Slope (Continuous Foundation)

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Foundation on top of a slope

Notation and Units

Metric and Imperial Units

The above formulas may be used with both imperial and metric units. As with all calculations care must be taken to keep consistent units throughout with examples of units which should be adopted listed below:


  • B = width of strip foundation, ft or m
  • c' = effective cohesion of soil, lb/ft2 or kN/m2
  • Df = depth of ground foundation measured from ground surface, ft or m
  • H = height of slope, ft or m
  • Ncq, Nγq = bearing capacity factors
  • qu = ultimate bearing capacity, lb/ft2 or kN/m2 (kPa)
  • γ = unit weight of soil, lb/ft3 or kN/m3
  • β = angle of slope, degrees
  • ϕ' = effective angle of internal friction, degrees