Location

New York, New York

Session Start Date

4-13-2004

Session End Date

4-17-2004

Abstract

Vibrations generated during construction often affect adjacent and surrounding buildings and disturb neighboring residents in tightly spaced urban environments. These vibrations can lead to structural damage, especially to older structures. In Charleston, South Carolina, construction vibrations are of special concern due to the tight spacing, age, construction, and historic significance of many of the city’s buildings. Of particular interest are the vibrations generated from pile driving activities. Due to the nature of the lower coastal plain soils in the Charleston, SC area, the majority of new commercial structures are being founded on driven pile foundations bearing within the underlying Cooper Marl Formation. This paper presents the development of vibration threshold levels for both historic and modern structures in Charleston, SC and the case histories of five construction projects in which the developed criteria was used. Vibration data, pre and post-construction surveys, and crack monitoring device data collected during these construction projects were then analyzed to evaluate the vibration criteria.

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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Construction Vibration Monitoring in the Charleston, South Carolina Area

New York, New York

Vibrations generated during construction often affect adjacent and surrounding buildings and disturb neighboring residents in tightly spaced urban environments. These vibrations can lead to structural damage, especially to older structures. In Charleston, South Carolina, construction vibrations are of special concern due to the tight spacing, age, construction, and historic significance of many of the city’s buildings. Of particular interest are the vibrations generated from pile driving activities. Due to the nature of the lower coastal plain soils in the Charleston, SC area, the majority of new commercial structures are being founded on driven pile foundations bearing within the underlying Cooper Marl Formation. This paper presents the development of vibration threshold levels for both historic and modern structures in Charleston, SC and the case histories of five construction projects in which the developed criteria was used. Vibration data, pre and post-construction surveys, and crack monitoring device data collected during these construction projects were then analyzed to evaluate the vibration criteria.