19:59 May 28, 2000
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: desplante
Title of section -
Excavacion para el desplante de las estructuras
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Lia Fail (X)
nastripping (or removing)
Oduvaldo Jardim (X)
naExcavation prior to razing of structures
Yolanda Broad



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Excavation prior to razing of structures

My Pequeño Larousse, Span/Eng Larousse and Harper Collins Spanish/Eng, as well as Termium, all concur that one meaning of *desplante*, along with rudeness, means *uprooting*. In the case of structures, this would be the equivalent of **razing**

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stripping (or removing)

with so little context it seems it means "excavation for removing the structures"

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i would consider 'raze' to be a bit on the dramatic side for a tech. text - something similar could be 'excavations prior to demolishing a/the building(s)'

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A little logic here, please. If you're demolishing (or razing) a structure, the last thing you want to do is excavation work, which would destabilize the building and pose a potential safety hazard. -- "Desplante" means "excavation," "subgrade," or "pre-foundation"; thus, the most rational translation of the section title would appear to be "Pre-foundation excavation work": that is, the digging you do, and any deposition of gravel or riprap, to prepare the terrain for the pouring or setting of the foundation itself -- One alternative, if you want to go with a more literal but clumsier and less accurate rendering, would be "Excavation work for the pre-foundations of the structures." -- Hope this helps, HC

    Louis A. Robb, _Diccionario para Ingenierios_ (28th ed., Compania Editorial Continental, 1979)
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