Posted by Manuel Oliveros on January 20, 2003 at 13:57:56:
In Reply to: building a new house on top of archeological ruins posted by Christos Kavathas on January 20, 2003 at 09:24:58:
You need at least to ensure the wall-foundations or whatever roman is standing is self-stable enough or more (making the necessary changes if any).
Once this is achieved, you can expose whatever of the archeological items you think is proper and worth in your house by the mere device of using piles as foundations (those with less dynamic disturbance the better, normally these being micropiles or bored-concreted, or maybe steel H piles) and big spans above sustaining anything, in short, make use of big spans and support preferably leaving untouched the archeological items.
This in the end only amounts to some degree of reinforcement in the piles, your walls and foundations, and likely the use some reinforced concrete or steel girders protruding from the floor thickness.
This way you gain the freedom of disposition introduced by the modern movement with columns, the only thing is that you use about double the usual span. You may bridge such bigger span with tricks such the use of some trusses of the depth of the height of the entire 1st story, and other similar, but more likely this is not even necessary.
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