Geotechnical Practice in Offshore Engineering

by Stephen G. Wright, (Aff.M.ASCE),

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-360-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-360-2 (ISBN-10), 1983, Soft Cover, Pg. 629

Conference information: Conference on Geotechnical Practice in Offshore Engineering | Austin, Texas, United States | April 27-29, 1983

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


The offshore industry as it exists today is just 30 years old. In that period the depth of water where structures are built has increased from a few feet to over 1000 feet. The performance of a subsurface investigation, the development of soil parameters, and the design of foundations are of critical importance to the success of the industry. Geotechnical engineers have been heavily involved from the beginning. Papers are presented that deal with unique problems associated with performing soil borings at offshore sites Laboratory studies of the soil specimens are discussed as well as in situ techniques for obtaining soil parameters. Studies of the problem of calcareous deposits that crush during pile driving are described. Some papers deal with the design of mat foundations. The largest fraction of offshore structures are supported by driven piles and there are papers on this topic. The design of signle piles and pile groups under axial loading and under lateral loading are discussed. Model tests on piles are described and the problem of driving the very large steel pipe piles that are commonly used at offshore sites is addressed.

Subject Headings: Pipe piles | Driven piles | Pile driving | Foundation design | Steel piles | Pile tests | Offshore structures


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