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Surcharge

From Draftsperson.net

  • An additional load placed atop existing earth or dead loads. Often used in connection with retaining walls.
  • An extra excessive vertical load or weight caused by spoil, overburden, vehicles, equipment, or activities that may affect stability.
  • An extra and usually excessive burden or supply.
  • To overload or make beyond capacity a sanitary sewer system. If large enough, a surcharge will result in an overflow.
  • An increase in flood elevation due to obstruction of the floodplain that reduces its conveyance capacity.
Figure 01. An example of surcharge.
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Figure 01. An example of surcharge.

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