Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

3-11-1991

Session End Date

3-15-1991

Abstract

The construction of a new road included a bridge crossing a river. The location of the bridge crossing was about 300 feet (91.5 meters) downstream from an historic dam. Prior to construction, concerns were raised about vibrations which might be generated from construction activities, especially pile driving for the new bridge abutments, and their potential effect on the integrity of the dam. As a result, a vibration study was conducted on the dam, prior to construction, to assess the vibrations generated from normal operation of the dam and from a simulated pile driving operation. Based on the simulated pile driving activity, a recommendation was made for limiting the pile driving energy, which was implemented during construction. A follow-up vibration study was conducted in the field during construction to both monitor the vibrations transmitted to the dam and adjust pile driving operations (if needed); and to confirm the data collected from the previous investigation.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-11-1991

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1991 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Pile Driving Criteria for Construction Near an Historic Dam

St. Louis, Missouri

The construction of a new road included a bridge crossing a river. The location of the bridge crossing was about 300 feet (91.5 meters) downstream from an historic dam. Prior to construction, concerns were raised about vibrations which might be generated from construction activities, especially pile driving for the new bridge abutments, and their potential effect on the integrity of the dam. As a result, a vibration study was conducted on the dam, prior to construction, to assess the vibrations generated from normal operation of the dam and from a simulated pile driving operation. Based on the simulated pile driving activity, a recommendation was made for limiting the pile driving energy, which was implemented during construction. A follow-up vibration study was conducted in the field during construction to both monitor the vibrations transmitted to the dam and adjust pile driving operations (if needed); and to confirm the data collected from the previous investigation.