Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

Foundation analysis for any structure is based primarily on the results of the soil exploration and testing, but there are other sources of information which must be studied carefully and thoroughly, depending on the zone where the project is to be located. This paper deals with a condominium of three large apartments buildings which were constructed at a site on the foothill of the eastern mountains of the city of Bogotá. The soil borings showed the existence of a uniform gravel stratum at a depth of 29 m., but the truth was different and its analysis more complex than was thought at the time of the soils study. This article includes a review of the information in preliminary soils studies for the greater urban development, which were not known by the geotechnical engineers who designed the pile foundation. It also includes a description of the resulting differential settlement, its cause and the characteristics of the underpinning project which had to be constructed to stabilize one of the three towers in the condominium.

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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Differential Settlement Problem of a Large Apartment Building in Bogotá, Cause and Solution

Chicago, Illinois

Foundation analysis for any structure is based primarily on the results of the soil exploration and testing, but there are other sources of information which must be studied carefully and thoroughly, depending on the zone where the project is to be located. This paper deals with a condominium of three large apartments buildings which were constructed at a site on the foothill of the eastern mountains of the city of Bogotá. The soil borings showed the existence of a uniform gravel stratum at a depth of 29 m., but the truth was different and its analysis more complex than was thought at the time of the soils study. This article includes a review of the information in preliminary soils studies for the greater urban development, which were not known by the geotechnical engineers who designed the pile foundation. It also includes a description of the resulting differential settlement, its cause and the characteristics of the underpinning project which had to be constructed to stabilize one of the three towers in the condominium.