State of Predictive Art in Subsidence Engineering

by Barry Voight, (A.M.ASCE), Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, and Dept. of Mining; Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA,
William Pariseau, Member; American Inst. Min., Met., and Petr. Engrg., Dept. of Minign Engrg., Mont. College of Mineral Sci. and Technol., Butte, MT,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 2, Pg. 721-750

Document Type: Journal Paper


Existing methods of predicting ground motion due to mining are reviewed and evaluated. Foundation design could not proceed without an estimation of surface displacements and strains due to subsidence. Consideration is given to the prediction and alleviation of subsidence damage. Finally, important lessons from the extensive experience of foreign subsidence engineers are summarized. Techniques currently available for subsidence investigations are reviewed, and the course that future research should take is outlined.

Subject Headings: Land subsidence | Ground motion | Foundation design | Mines and mining | Displacement (mechanics) | Strain

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