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Adventure Tower
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Hello Mr.Nazim,

Hope that you can help me. I'm planning to build an adventure tower like the one I've attached. The height is around 15 meters with platforms.
My questions:

1. How big and deep does the foundation needs to be?
2. Is it better to build with wood or metal?

Thanks a lot

Ashraff

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Hi Ashraff,

Looks like a fun project!

I think the question about the foundations is best suited to be answered by a structural engineer. That will of course depend on the design and weight of the structure and the soil conditions. If you have pour soil conditions the foundation may need to be deeper.

For the material choice, that will depend on a lot of factors, but in general if wood is readily available it will likely be cheaper and easier to fabricate and erect.  A structural engineer would be help engineer the structure to be safe.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Nazim Nice
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