Naval Pier Foundation Design and Construction, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

by Kevin A. Pierce, Frederic R. Harris, Inc, San Pedro, United States,
Laszlo Buzasi, Frederic R. Harris, Inc, San Pedro, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


The paper presents a case study of foundation design and construction for a pier in Pearl Harbor. The study covers a review of site investigations, laboratory testing, pile selection and a test pile program employing the Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) and static load testing. Production pile tip elevations for the pier were determined considering the time rate increases in soil-pile adhesion observed during the test program. Emphasis is placed on the indicator and load test pile program and the use of the PDA to supplement static load test data. A project summary and introduction is given along with a general overview of the geology of Pearl Harbor.

Subject Headings: Foundation construction | Foundation design | Case studies | Piers | Drilled pier foundations | Pile tests | Load tests | Pile driving | Hawaii | United States

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