Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

Ground distresses such as ground settlement/subsidence, lateral movement, cracking, etc, are usually the main concern for any excavation project. The contributory factors of ground distresses could be from various aspects and sometimes are similar in nature. This paper presents the processes of geotechnical investigation, remedial design, construction monitoring for two case histories of ground distresses occurring on a retained platform due to excavation in filled ground. Desk study, site inspection and subsurface exploration have been deployed to reveal the evidences and identify probable causes of the distresses. Back analyses utilizing finite element computer program “Plaxis” proved useful to reveal the inherent mechanisms of ground distresses. Lessons learned from the investigations are documented as useful mementos for future projects of similar nature.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Sixth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-11-2008

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Lessons Learned from Two Investigation Cases of Ground Distresses Due to Deep Excavation in Filled Ground

Arlington, Virginia

Ground distresses such as ground settlement/subsidence, lateral movement, cracking, etc, are usually the main concern for any excavation project. The contributory factors of ground distresses could be from various aspects and sometimes are similar in nature. This paper presents the processes of geotechnical investigation, remedial design, construction monitoring for two case histories of ground distresses occurring on a retained platform due to excavation in filled ground. Desk study, site inspection and subsurface exploration have been deployed to reveal the evidences and identify probable causes of the distresses. Back analyses utilizing finite element computer program “Plaxis” proved useful to reveal the inherent mechanisms of ground distresses. Lessons learned from the investigations are documented as useful mementos for future projects of similar nature.