Characterization of the Dalton Highway Foundation Soils

by Charles L. Vita, R&M Consultants Inc, WA, USA,
James W. Rooney, R&M Consultants Inc, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering


A case study is presented of the landform-based probabilistic-statistical route geotechnical characterization of natural foundation soils along the Dalton Highway. Landforms were mapped along the route using standard terrain analysis techniques, and landform soil properties were statistically characterized using available data on soil density and texture. Landform dry density and resultant thaw strain potentials are presented. Applications to design are outlined.

Subject Headings: Soil analysis | Highways and roads | Foundations | Soil surveys | Highway and road management | Highway engineering | Soil stress | Case studies | Alaska | United States

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