Innovative Design at Florida Bulkhead Reduces Material and Construction Costs

by Anthony A. Nolan, (M.ASCE), Vice-Pres. for Civ. Engrg.; Williams, Hatfield & Stoner, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 5, Pg. 81-84

Document Type: Feature article


Remedial work to an existing bulkhead at a deep-water berth for Port Everglades, Florida, has been done with substantial savings through the application of innovative design concepts. The use of a performance specification in the acquisition of steel wall components has allowed the Port to accept a composite H-Z wall section. This section provided a 331 ton (300 metric ton) savings over the lightest deep Z-sheet pile section capable of meeting the design requirements. The use of diagonal post-tensioned auger cost piles in lieu of the traditional horizontal rod/dead-man wall provided additional savings. Both concepts have provided a combined savings of 24% in the materials/construction portion of the project.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Innovation | Bulkheads | Construction costs | Walls | Composite structures | Piles | Remediation | Florida | United States

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