Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

Tubular steel piles, 1.42 meter in diameter, were driven into coral and coral contaminated sands to support marine structures on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. The paper describes the design evolution process, highlights the pile test program conducted on site to verify design and compares pile design penetration with actual penetration lengths. Despite corrections introduced to the design using site-specific load tests; the final design overestimated capacities in over 50 per cent of the total piles driven. The unpredictable and erratic pile behaviour observed during pile driving ascertains the need for more appropriate pile design and installation methodology for piles driven in coral and coral contaminated formations.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1988

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1988 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Driven Pile Foundation in Coral Sand, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Tubular steel piles, 1.42 meter in diameter, were driven into coral and coral contaminated sands to support marine structures on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. The paper describes the design evolution process, highlights the pile test program conducted on site to verify design and compares pile design penetration with actual penetration lengths. Despite corrections introduced to the design using site-specific load tests; the final design overestimated capacities in over 50 per cent of the total piles driven. The unpredictable and erratic pile behaviour observed during pile driving ascertains the need for more appropriate pile design and installation methodology for piles driven in coral and coral contaminated formations.