Session Start Date

5-6-1984

Abstract

Many coastal areas in Benghazi have been reclaimed from lagoons. Quite often such areas are covered by debris, rubbish and other artificial fills over many years. The proximity of these deposits to the Mediterranean Sea coupled with the seasonal moisture variations has resulted in the formation of the so-called Sabkha soils having a high proportion of chemical content. Settlement records of a four storey building founded on sabkha soil are prescuted for seven years. The building underwent large settlement resulting in a tilt from the vertical. It is found that, for Sabkha soils, the measured settlement is larger than that predicted according to conventional theories. Based on this case study and constructions experience of many contractors in such areas, a number of useful suggestions are given for practicing engineers.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

First Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

5-6-1984

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1984 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Settlement of a Building Founded on Difficult Soil

Many coastal areas in Benghazi have been reclaimed from lagoons. Quite often such areas are covered by debris, rubbish and other artificial fills over many years. The proximity of these deposits to the Mediterranean Sea coupled with the seasonal moisture variations has resulted in the formation of the so-called Sabkha soils having a high proportion of chemical content. Settlement records of a four storey building founded on sabkha soil are prescuted for seven years. The building underwent large settlement resulting in a tilt from the vertical. It is found that, for Sabkha soils, the measured settlement is larger than that predicted according to conventional theories. Based on this case study and constructions experience of many contractors in such areas, a number of useful suggestions are given for practicing engineers.