Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

6-1-1993

Abstract

The continuous development and industrial changes in Saudi Arabia necessitates large ground water exploitation and brought about significant changes to the ground water regime. The alarming evidence of rising shallow ground water level and the widespread structural problems have mitigate the extra demand to develop special geotechnical awareness, standard testing and designing procedures to minimize the impact of wetting on soil behavior in the hot climate region. Field and laboratory test results on typical soil samples have established the influence of rising moisture and exemplified the adverse levels of collapse manifested by the large reduction in shearing strength and the considerable volume change upon wetting. The sensitivity of the aggressive and structurally vulnerable soil in the area to the water ingress have been evaluated. Geotechnical procedures to estimate collapse potential with means to control and limit the rising ground water level have been addressed.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1993

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1993 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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The Impact of Rising Ground Water Level on the Geotechnical Behavior of Soil in Hot Climate Regions

St. Louis, Missouri

The continuous development and industrial changes in Saudi Arabia necessitates large ground water exploitation and brought about significant changes to the ground water regime. The alarming evidence of rising shallow ground water level and the widespread structural problems have mitigate the extra demand to develop special geotechnical awareness, standard testing and designing procedures to minimize the impact of wetting on soil behavior in the hot climate region. Field and laboratory test results on typical soil samples have established the influence of rising moisture and exemplified the adverse levels of collapse manifested by the large reduction in shearing strength and the considerable volume change upon wetting. The sensitivity of the aggressive and structurally vulnerable soil in the area to the water ingress have been evaluated. Geotechnical procedures to estimate collapse potential with means to control and limit the rising ground water level have been addressed.