American Society of Civil Engineers


Does the Output Mean Anything? Developing and Checking Soil Structure Interaction Models


by Kevin J. DiRocco, P.E., (Project Manager, GEI Consultants, Inc., 1021 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890 E-mail: kdirocco@geiconsultants.com) and Michael P. Walker, P.E., (Senior Project Manger, GEI Consultants, Inc., 1021 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890 E-mail: mwalker@geiconsultants.com)
Section: Soil Structure—Contact and Interaction, pp. 1-6, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40803(187)86)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: GeoCongress 2006: Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age
Abstract: The development of more powerful computers, sophisticated computer models, and analytical programs with easy to use graphic interfaces provides the designer with powerful tools for modeling and evaluating soil structure interaction. However, the complexity of available computer models, and the enormous amounts of data generated by the modeling programs, can make the results of these programs difficult to verify. This paper discusses the selection of soil properties and boundary conditions for staged excavation models. Methods to check the output using such things as simple hand calculations and duplicate models are discussed. A case history is used to illustrate the methods.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Soil structures
Substructures