Pressuremeter Tests and Shoring Wall Design

by W. Paul Grant, Shannon & Wilson Inc, Seattle, WA, USA,
John M. O. Hughes, Shannon & Wilson Inc, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Use of In Situ Tests in Geotechnical Engineering


Pressuremeter testing was used as an integral part in the design of the temporary tieback shoring wall for the Columbia Center office building in Seattle, Washington. Pressuremeter testing and finite element studies were performed for the shoring wall as the design of the wall was complicated by the 120-foot-deep basement excavation. This paper discusses a method for interpreting pressuremeter test results to provide more reliable values of elastic moduli.

Subject Headings: Shoring | Measuring instruments | Building design | Walls | Finite element method | Soil tests | Elastic analysis | Retaining structures | Washington | United States | Seattle

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