Current Research and Research Needs in Deep Foundations

by Peter K. Taylor, Stone & Webster Engrg. Corp., Boston, Mass. 02107,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-478-8 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-478-1 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 45
A report of the Subcommittee on Research Needs of the Deep Foundations Committee of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, ASCE
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


This report summarizes the current range of research on deep foundations now being performed in the United States. The report is divided into two main sections: (1) Current research or related work in deep foundations; and (2) greatest perceived needs for future research. A substantial amount of research is being conducted in the area of deep foundations. Much of that work has been inspired by the need to better understand the behavior of offshore platforms used in the oil industry. There is economic motivation for this research, i.e., better understanding may result in more economical design with acceptable factors of safety. Consequently, the bulk of this work is being financed by the petroleum industry, rather than by federal agencies. Conversely, research on on-shore deep foundations is being financed in large part by the federal government. The implication is that there is no economic incentive for private industry to finance research in the on-shore aspects of deep foundations.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Industries | Federal government | Deep foundations | Offshore platforms | Motivation | Safety | Petroleum | United States


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