Use and Abuse of Settlement Analysis

by Ralph B. Peck, (Hon.M.ASCE), Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments

Abstract: Terzaghi's concept of settlement analysis included comparison of prediction with reality and investigation of the causes of the differences. Present usage is often limited to prediction. The predicted settlement, whether based on subsurface investigation and calculation or on precedent, must be compared to valid criteria; unfortunately this is often not done. Complying with generally accepted practice should not blind the geotechnical engineer to unique site geology.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Soil analysis | Structural analysis | Soil-structure interaction | Subsurface investigation | Geology | Structural settlement

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