Analysis of a Wharf for a Container Terminal

by Luis Hernández Toca,
José A. Arréllaga,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92

Abstract: A balanced combination of sophisticated computer programs was employed to model the soil strata, foundation and structure of a wharf for a new container terminal in the Port of Topolobampo, Mexico. The analysis was performed after severe pile misalignments and distresses were observed during the construction of about 70% of the structure. The detailed analysis was performed with minimum disruption of construction operations and helped determine certain modifications in the deck slab, piles, and landside filling. These changes saved a young project from a possible instability in the construction process and a possible failure under service loading.

Subject Headings: Container shipping | Construction management | Ports and harbors | Harbor facilities | Soil analysis | Failure loads | Computer models | North America | Mexico

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