Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

In this case study, the sliding of a riverbank during construction of a water intake facility in Tennessee was investigated and analyzed. The construction of the project involved the installation of 2-36 in. diameter intake pipes from the wet well to the river inlet which were 290 ft apart. An open cut excavation from the river inlet to the riverbank toe was used to connect the inlet to the tunnel-installedintake pipes on the land side. During the excavation, a 25 ft wide slide, which 4 months later widened by another 15 ft, developed to the crest of the road on the riverbank. Consequently, a concern developed for the safety of the roadway. The geometry of the slopes and the cuts, pre- and post-construction geotechnical subsurface investigation, construction history, and sliding conditions were examined for the causes of the riverbank instabilities. The fundamental cause of the slides was the undermining of the latent bedrock surface from subaqueous excavation into the riverbank.

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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Bank Instability Problems Associated With the Riverside Construction

Chicago, Illinois

In this case study, the sliding of a riverbank during construction of a water intake facility in Tennessee was investigated and analyzed. The construction of the project involved the installation of 2-36 in. diameter intake pipes from the wet well to the river inlet which were 290 ft apart. An open cut excavation from the river inlet to the riverbank toe was used to connect the inlet to the tunnel-installedintake pipes on the land side. During the excavation, a 25 ft wide slide, which 4 months later widened by another 15 ft, developed to the crest of the road on the riverbank. Consequently, a concern developed for the safety of the roadway. The geometry of the slopes and the cuts, pre- and post-construction geotechnical subsurface investigation, construction history, and sliding conditions were examined for the causes of the riverbank instabilities. The fundamental cause of the slides was the undermining of the latent bedrock surface from subaqueous excavation into the riverbank.