Settlement Problem Oriented Computer Language

by Robert L. Schiffman, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Theoretical Soil Mechanics; Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, IL,
Robert V. Whitman, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; MIT, Cambridge, MA,
Jane C. Jordan, Res. Engr.; Computer Systems Group, MIT, Cambridge, MA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 2, Pg. 649-669

Document Type: Journal Paper


Settlement Problem Oriented Language (SEPOL) is designed to aid civil engineers in the calculation of predicted magnitudes and progress of settlement for shallow foundations. It is a problem oriented computer language which permits machine instructions to be entered by means of commands. The commands are English phrases; each one specifying a particular operation to be performed. The version of SEPOL described in this paper operates within the framework of the ICES system. The operation of ICES SEPOL-I is described by means of two examples. The first example calculates the stresses beneath a rockfill dam. The second example presents the calculations of the magnitude and progress of settlement beneath a test fill. Future applications of computers to soil engineering are described.

Subject Headings: Foundation settlement | Soil settlement | Foundation design | Shallow foundations | Ice | Rock fills | Computer languages | Permits

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