Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

This paper gives an example of a case study written for instructional purposes, in order to support the achievement of specific learning outcomes which include (i) identifying modes of failure and (ii) selecting appropriate soil parameter types and values. Case writing was based primarily on information from a detailed publicly available article, supplemented with additional input from one author of this article. The case narrative is accompanied by annotated calculations, which follow the general design philosophy of the project. The case focuses on two of the main issues for the geotechnical design of the highway embankments close to the Limerick Tunnel, which are founded on very soft organic fine grained material. First, secondary compression, which is sizeable for this highway project, required surcharging to reduce the rate of long-term settlement. Second, the low undrained shear strength and high compressibility of the foundation material required construction of the embankments in stages, to achieve a degree of consolidation necessary for increased vertical effective stress, increased shear strength and reduced compressibility. This paper includes the case narrative, excerpts from the accompanying calculations, and comments on the instructional decisions involved in the preparation of both.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Case Studies Used in Instruction to Achieve Specific Learning Outcomes: The Case of the Embankments Constructed for the Approach to Limerick Tunnel, Ireland

Chicago, Illinois

This paper gives an example of a case study written for instructional purposes, in order to support the achievement of specific learning outcomes which include (i) identifying modes of failure and (ii) selecting appropriate soil parameter types and values. Case writing was based primarily on information from a detailed publicly available article, supplemented with additional input from one author of this article. The case narrative is accompanied by annotated calculations, which follow the general design philosophy of the project. The case focuses on two of the main issues for the geotechnical design of the highway embankments close to the Limerick Tunnel, which are founded on very soft organic fine grained material. First, secondary compression, which is sizeable for this highway project, required surcharging to reduce the rate of long-term settlement. Second, the low undrained shear strength and high compressibility of the foundation material required construction of the embankments in stages, to achieve a degree of consolidation necessary for increased vertical effective stress, increased shear strength and reduced compressibility. This paper includes the case narrative, excerpts from the accompanying calculations, and comments on the instructional decisions involved in the preparation of both.