Location

New York, New York

Session Start Date

4-13-2004

Session End Date

4-17-2004

Abstract

Stabilisation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa was achieved by means of an innovative method of soil extraction which induced a small reduction in inclination not visible to the casual onlooker. Its implementation has required advanced computer modelling, large-scale development trials, an exceptional level of continuous monitoring and daily communication to maintain control. Recently a number of historical examples have been found of the application of soil extraction to straightening leaning buildings – the earliest being 1832. Contemporary accounts of the work bring out interesting and important similarities and serve as reminders of the inventiveness and resourcefulness of engineers long before modern soil mechanics came into being.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

4-13-2004

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2004 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Stabilisation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa was achieved by means of an innovative method of soil extraction which induced a small reduction in inclination not visible to the casual onlooker. Its implementation has required advanced computer modelling, large-scale development trials, an exceptional level of continuous monitoring and daily communication to maintain control. Recently a number of historical examples have been found of the application of soil extraction to straightening leaning buildings – the earliest being 1832. Contemporary accounts of the work bring out interesting and important similarities and serve as reminders of the inventiveness and resourcefulness of engineers long before modern soil mechanics came into being.