Predicting Seepage Under Dams on Multi-Layered Foundations

by Paul H. Shea,
Harry E. Whitsett,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1958, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Pg. 1-41

Document Type: Journal Paper


During the design of the Central and Southern Florida Project it became necessary to develop methods for predicting rates of seepage under dams and levees on multi-layered foundations since there were no published mathematical or graphical methods which were applicable. The methods developed are presented in this paper. A description of the pumping test procedure used to implement those methods is included.

Subject Headings: Dam foundations | Seepage | Layered systems | Foundation design | Pumping tests | Hydraulic design | Light rail transit | Levees and dikes | Florida | United States

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