Cold Regions Engineering

by William L. Ryan, (M.ASCE), Chf. of Branch; OTT Water Engrs., Inc., 4446 Business Park Blvd., Bldg. A, Anchorage, AK 99503,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-513-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-513-3 (ISBN-10), 1986, Soft Cover, Pg. 798

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Conference information: Fourth International Conference | Anchorage, Alaska, United States | February 24-26, 1986

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


Engineers who plan, design, construct, operate and maintain facilities in cold regions must deal with all the concerns found in the more temperate areas of the world in addition to the climatic extremes and geotechnical considerations prevalent at the higher latitudes land altitudes. The papers included in this book present an update on the engineering challenges in cold regions. Three main areas are covered: facilities, transportation, and resource development, with resource development being the broadest category. Most of the papers related to facilities and transportation are concerned with projects whose basic purpose is to develop the vast resources available in cold regions. Many of the papers deal with geotechnical engineering. This is understandable because the majority of engineering and construction in cold regions involve working with frozen ground. In the high Arctic or Antarctic, where there is continuous cold permafrost, designs usually preserve the frozen ground. The most difficult areas to work in, from an engineering and construction standpoint are the subarctic areas where deep active layers and discontinuous warm permafrost are found. In these regions, the challenge is to preserve facility or structure stability while foundation materials thaw and freeze.

Subject Headings: Cold region construction | Cold regions engineering | Cold regions | Construction engineering | Urban and regional development | Geotechnical engineering | Permafrost | Arctic


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