Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

The use of vertical drains to accelerate the consolidation of soft soils has become a cost effective alternative to the use of pile foundations at many sites. This paper presents a case history of the use of vertical drains to accelerate the consolidation of 20 to 25 feet of low shear strength, highly compressible soils, under embankments of 12 to 25 feet in height. Two separate vertical drain installations at the project site allowed the use of a shallow foundation system for approximately one-half of the foundations. This resulted in a significant savings in foundation costs and allowed an ambitious “fast track” construction schedule to be met. The purpose of this paper is to present the properties of the site soils and the construction and post-construction observations of the soil response at this site.

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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Performance of Prefabricated Drains in Soft Soils

The use of vertical drains to accelerate the consolidation of soft soils has become a cost effective alternative to the use of pile foundations at many sites. This paper presents a case history of the use of vertical drains to accelerate the consolidation of 20 to 25 feet of low shear strength, highly compressible soils, under embankments of 12 to 25 feet in height. Two separate vertical drain installations at the project site allowed the use of a shallow foundation system for approximately one-half of the foundations. This resulted in a significant savings in foundation costs and allowed an ambitious “fast track” construction schedule to be met. The purpose of this paper is to present the properties of the site soils and the construction and post-construction observations of the soil response at this site.