Arctic Foundation Selection: A Decision Matrix

by Craig C. LaVielle, Rittenhouse-Zeman & Associates, Inc, Bellevue, WA,
Alvin R. Zeman, Rittenhouse-Zeman & Associates, Inc, Bellevue, WA,
James S. Dransfield, Rittenhouse-Zeman & Associates, Inc, Bellevue, WA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundations in Permafrost and Seasonal Frost

Abstract: An idealized matrix diagram is presented of the decision making process involved in determing an economic Arctic foundation type that is best suited to the proposed above-grade structure. This diagram is based on RZA's work with the cold permafrost conditions of Alaska's North Slope during the last 10 years. This diagram can also be used in some other thermally stable permafrost areas of Alaska such as portions of Kotzebue, Nome, Fairbanks, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, and much of the interior of Alaska.

Subject Headings: Foundations | Matrix (mathematics) | Permafrost | Soil settlement | Building design | Economic factors | Foundation design | Foundation settlement | Decision making | Arctic | North America | Alaska | United States | Fairbanks

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