Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

3-26-2001

Session End Date

3-31-2001

Abstract

The paper makes a brief review of the state-of-the-art in marine geotechnics. The design problems for different offshore foundation types, from traditional piled and gravity base foundations to the new lightweight skirted foundation concepts, are described. Geotechnical breakthroughs have enabled new and daring constructions offshore and opened the way to cost-effective solutions. At the same time, the requirements and conditions imposed by the offshore industry also greatly contributed to an improved understanding of the behavior of soils under new loading conditions. The paper looks into the development of enhanced site investigations and soil characterization, model testing, improved design methods and new foundation solutions. The challenges facing the geotechnical engineering profession when moving into deeper waters and the steps needed to meet these challenges are outlined.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

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

Meeting Name

Fourth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-26-2001

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2001 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Marine Geotechnics

San Diego, California

The paper makes a brief review of the state-of-the-art in marine geotechnics. The design problems for different offshore foundation types, from traditional piled and gravity base foundations to the new lightweight skirted foundation concepts, are described. Geotechnical breakthroughs have enabled new and daring constructions offshore and opened the way to cost-effective solutions. At the same time, the requirements and conditions imposed by the offshore industry also greatly contributed to an improved understanding of the behavior of soils under new loading conditions. The paper looks into the development of enhanced site investigations and soil characterization, model testing, improved design methods and new foundation solutions. The challenges facing the geotechnical engineering profession when moving into deeper waters and the steps needed to meet these challenges are outlined.