This type of floor slab is normally used in a portal framed structure which it is built for either retail or light industrial use. The design is based on a ground bearing concrete slab. Therefore, this type of design effectively provides an economic solution which is fairly easy and quick to construct. However, this type of design will most probably not be suitable if the ground conditions on the site are poor.
Industrial ground floors may also be used as a foundation to support light mezzanine floor loading. This can be much easier and cheaper to build than using individual pads for the mezzanine floor columns. The floors may need to be thickened beneath the column positions in order to fix the holding down bolts. Either Steel mesh or fiber reinforcement may be used in the design of the slab. The floor slabs joint details will be provided because they are significant part of the slab design. Our calculations will only deal with the structural aspects of the floor slab. They will not deal with any insulation requirements. In addition, our industrial ground floor slab design is convenient for most commercial buildings.
We require the following information in order to design the floor slab:
The use of the building or the imposed loading for the floor.
Site investigation report.
Position of the main building columns.
Details of any fork lift truck traffic or other point loads.
Details of any racking loads.