grade beam

grade beam

[′grād ‚bēm]
(civil engineering)
A reinforced concrete beam placed directly on the ground to provide the foundation for the superstructure.
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grade beam

Reinforced concrete beam or slab that is normally placed directly on the ground. See also: Beam
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grade beam

grade beam
That part of a foundation system (usually in a building without a basement) which supports the exterior wall of the super-structure; commonly designed as a beam which bears directly on the column footings, or may be self-supporting, as a long strap footing.
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