Design of Wharf Facilities, Guam, M.I., to Accommodate Difficult Site Conditions

by John K. Maynard, CE Maguire, Providence, RI, USA,
David S. D. Chung, CE Maguire, Providence, RI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


A wharf facility currently under construction in Guam, Mariana Islands, for the U. S. Navy utilizes precast concrete box caisson construction to satisfy difficult site conditions. To reduce dredging costs and associated environmental impacts, the wharf is situated near the edge of a coral reef with subaqueous slopes of about 1:1. The site is exposed to locally generated waves, as well as ocean waves, entering the harbor through the nearby channel entrance. The design includes provisions for the large lateral force induced by earthquakes originating in the Mariana Trench some 50 miles south of the island.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Construction sites | Precast concrete | Ocean waves | Building design | Concrete construction | Caissons | Water waves | Guam | United States

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