Procedures for Predicting Settlements in Sands

by Jey K. Jeyapalan, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA,
Rolland Boehm, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Settlement of Shallow Foundations on Cohesionless Soils: Design and Performance


In many cases, the prediction of settlements of footings on sands involves use of empirical rules. Although many approaches are reported in the literature, the relative accuracy of these methods for settlement predictions has not been evaluated in detail. In this paper, nine of such procedures are reviewed and then applied in 71 case histories. Each of these prediction methods is statistically analyzed, based upon a comparison of the predicted and observed settlements.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Penetration tests | Sandy soils | Foundation settlement | Shallow foundations | Case studies | Comparative studies | Load bearing capacity

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