Temperature Monitoring In Large Volume Spread Footing Foundation: Case Study “Parque Da Cidade” - SP

  • Douglas Couto Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Paulo Helene Universidade de São Paulo
  • Luiz Carlos de Almeida Universidade Estadual de Campinas


In recent years, the construction of foundation elements from large-volume reinforced concrete is becoming increasingly common. This implies a potential increase in the risk of cracks of thermal origin, due to the heat of hydration of cement. Under these circumstances, these concrete elements need to be treated using the mass concrete theory, widespread in dam construction, but little used when designing buildings. This paper aims to present a case study about the procedures and problems involved in the construction of a spread footing with a volume of approximately 800m³ designed for the foundation of a shopping center in São Paulo, Brazil.

Author Biographies

Douglas Couto, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Mestrando em Engenharia de Estruturas pela FEC-Unicamp
Paulo Helene, Universidade de São Paulo
Professor Titular da Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo
Luiz Carlos de Almeida, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Professor Doutor do Departamento de Engenharia de Estruturas da FEC-Unicamp
Mass concrete spread footing