Location

New York, New York

Session Start Date

4-13-2004

Session End Date

4-17-2004

Abstract

A simplified procedure is presented for evaluating liquefaction susceptibility of cohesionless saturated soils based on available technology. In 2001, a Committee of engineers working in the New York City (NYC) area was formed under the direction of the first Author, to review the liquefaction aspects of the 1995 New York City Building Code. The purpose was to gain consensus on a possible revision and augmentation of the exisiting regulations as part of the ongoing Code review by the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). This article summarizes the recommendations of the Committee, as compiled in 2002. The following topics are reviewed: (a) history of the current code; (b) seismicity and design motions in NYC; (c) updated screening criteria for liquefaction susceptibility. With reference to the topic in (c), recommendations are developed for Code language pertaining to: (1) method of analysis; (2) site classification schemes; (3) design considerations for bearing capacity and displacements of foundations in liquefied soil; (4) maximum depth of liquefaction; (5) field methods to evaluate soil resistance; (6) parameters to be considered in analyses; (7) treatment of sloped strata. Analytical results for typical NYC profiles subjected to 500-year rock motions are presented. Based on the these results, the Committee proposed a revised liquefaction screening diagram.

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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Liquefaction Susceptibility: Proposed New York City Building Code Revision

New York, New York

A simplified procedure is presented for evaluating liquefaction susceptibility of cohesionless saturated soils based on available technology. In 2001, a Committee of engineers working in the New York City (NYC) area was formed under the direction of the first Author, to review the liquefaction aspects of the 1995 New York City Building Code. The purpose was to gain consensus on a possible revision and augmentation of the exisiting regulations as part of the ongoing Code review by the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). This article summarizes the recommendations of the Committee, as compiled in 2002. The following topics are reviewed: (a) history of the current code; (b) seismicity and design motions in NYC; (c) updated screening criteria for liquefaction susceptibility. With reference to the topic in (c), recommendations are developed for Code language pertaining to: (1) method of analysis; (2) site classification schemes; (3) design considerations for bearing capacity and displacements of foundations in liquefied soil; (4) maximum depth of liquefaction; (5) field methods to evaluate soil resistance; (6) parameters to be considered in analyses; (7) treatment of sloped strata. Analytical results for typical NYC profiles subjected to 500-year rock motions are presented. Based on the these results, the Committee proposed a revised liquefaction screening diagram.