Unreinforced or shallow foundations

An overview of the hazards and potential solutions for unreinforced or shallow foundations.

To find solutions that are appropriate for your building, consult a structural engineer for a professional assessment.


Foundations have insufficient capacity leading to uneven settlement of the building.

Potential structural strengthening project

Re-piling, installation of foundation beams, and tying or bracing existing piles together.

Possible first steps with a structural engineer

They assess the structural capacity of the foundations. They may recommend getting advice from a geotechnical engineer. Either engineer may provide options for the required strengthening work.