American Society of Civil Engineers


The Use of Vertical Columns in Combination with Geocell Stabilized Load Transfer Platforms for the Construction of Roadways over Soft Soils


by A. Emersleben, (Clausthal University of Technology, Department of Geotechnical Engineering and Mine Surveying, Erzstrasse 18, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, GERMANY E-mail: Ansgar.emersleben@tu-clausthal.de) and N. Meyer, (Clausthal University of Technology, Department of Geotechnical Engineering and Mine Surveying, Erzstrasse 18, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, GERMANY E-mail: Norbert.meyer@tu-clausthal.de)
Section: Geosynthetics in Roadway Construction: Performance Specifications and Evaluation, pp. 1302-1309, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784412121.134)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: GeoCongress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering
Abstract: Vertical columns are commonly used for the construction of embankments over soft soils to reduce the settlement and improve the stability of embankments. The vertical columns are designed to improve the bearing capacity of the soft soil and to transfer the load of the embankment through the soft compressible soil layer to a firm foundation. To support the load transfer from the soft soil into the stiff columns, especially if the layer thickness above the columns is small, geocell reinforced load transfer platforms above the columns can be used. The paper describes the general application of geocell reinforced load transfer platforms and measurement results from construction site in Germany, where the system was installed for the first time.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Soil stabilization
Load transfer
Soft soils
Highways and roads