When performing bearing capacity analysis, the experienced geotechnical engineer knows what range to expect and also know settlement controls. But you need many years of experience to get there. As a routine basis, why not run the bearing capacity and quick settlement calculation? Shallow Foundation Software by SoilStructure simply helps you with this task.
From a convenience of one page, you can see the allowable bearing capacity based on shear strength of soils & the induced settlement with a given allowable bearing pressure.
More importantly – no matter which engineer writes the report, your analysis are standardized.