The following photos are of a base plate for a steel column. The grout was poured above the bottom of the base plate, which resulted in cracking. The grout should just be poured up to the bottom of the plate. Encapsulating the edge can result in cracking, as seen here. The difference in expansion and contraction of steel and concrete is significant and can cause these issues. The grout is now more susceptible to damage from the weather as water can infiltrate through the cracking. 

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