State-of-the-Practice Mitigation Measures for Collapsible Soil Sites

by William N. Houston, Arizona State Univ, United States,
Sandra L. Houston, Arizona State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices

Abstract: Mitigative alternatives for collapsible soil sites are reviewed considering shallow, as well as deep, collapsible soil deposits. In the case of deep soil deposits the overburden pressures alone are adequate to generate significant collapse settlement; for shallow deposits the structural loads are the more significant contributor to the collapse. Some of the case histories reported relate to site improvements or foundation design modifications which occur after construction of the facility, whereas other case histories relate to mitigating measures taken before construction.

Subject Headings: Collapsible soils | Case studies | Soil pressure | Soil settlement | Construction sites | Structural failures | Foundation design | Structural settlement

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