Settlement Analysis, A Review of Theory and Testing Procedures

by H. Bolton Seed,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 2, Pg. 39-48

Document Type: Journal Paper


A review is presented of major developments influencing the conduct in engineering practice, of settlement analyses for buildings on saturated clays. Beginning with Terzaghi's theory of consolidation, the significant guidelines to this study are delineated. Within this framework, contributions to the ASCE Conference on Design of Foundations for Control of Settlement are examined. Even in this barest outline a number of controversial issues can be noted. A great need exists for field data and research investigations on the settlement of foundations on sands and partially saturated clays.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Saturated soils | Soil analysis | Field tests | Clays | Foundation design | Structural settlement | Engineering profession

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