Housing Construction in Areas of Mine Subsidence

by Felix Y. Yokel, (M.ASCE), Leader; Geotechnical Engrg., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C. 20234,
Lawrence A. Salomone, (M.ASCE), Research Civ. Engr.; National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C. 20234,
Richard E. Gray, (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; GAI Consultants, Inc., Monroeville, Pa. 15146,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 9, Pg. 1133-1149

Document Type: Journal Paper


Many areas in the United States are underlain by abandoned mines and many more areas will be undermined in the future. As mine cavities collapse they cause settlement and ground distortions on the surface which may damage or destroy buildings and utilities. Many of these subsidence-prone areas are presently used or will be used in the future for residential housing development. Three problems associated with the development of mine subsidence areas are addressed: Site exploration and evaluation; site development; and housing construction in mine subsidence areas. This paper is derived from a study sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Housing | Residential construction | Mines and mining | Land subsidence | Soil settlement | Site investigation | Cavitation | United States

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