Precompression for Support of Shallow Foundations

by Harl P. Aldrich, Jr.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 2, Pg. 5-20

Document Type: Journal Paper


A survey of the state-of-the-art of professional practice in controlling foundation settlements by precompression concludes that the use of this method for the support of shallow foundations is a relatively new, useful, and flexible tool for the soils engineer. Methods for accomplishing precompression and means for accelerating it are examined as well as analyses for eliminating post-construction primary consolidation and for reducing post-construction secondary compression. The scope of the use of the method and suggested areas for future use and study are presented.

Subject Headings: Foundation settlement | Shallow foundations | Soil settlement | Soil surveys | Construction management | Surveying methods | Professional practice | Compression

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