Residual Soil Settlement From Pressuremeter Moduli

by Richard D. Barksdale, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA,
Charles T. Ferry, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA,
John D. Lawrence, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Use of In Situ Tests in Geotechnical Engineering


The Menard pressuremeter test is briefly described, and practical drilling techniques are summarized for Piedmont residual soils. Applications and limitations of the pressuremeter are also briefly discussed. Two case histories are presented illustrating the use of the Menard pressuremeter and observed settlements are compared with predicted values. Two regression equations are given relating the pressuremeter modulus with SPT results for Piedmont residual soils based on 208 tests. Use of the Menard equations for predicting settlement is shown to give reasonably good agreement with observed settlement; other prediction methods are also briefly considered.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Soil pressure | Residual soils | Penetration tests | Measuring instruments | Soil properties | Soil analysis

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