I’m looking for clarification between a drop panel and pier cap for foundations. I’m new to the building design industry and am familiar with pier caps, but not drop panels.
A drop panel is a thickening of a slab around a column…typically done with a two-way slab system for shear. And this is at multiple levels.
A pier/pile cap is the concrete that transfers the supporting structure loads into the piles.
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