Subsiding Problems with Slurry Walls

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Sr. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 1, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


Slurry walls for excavation support cost far more time and money than the sheeting wall or the tieback and lagging wall. Criteria to decide where to consider using slurry walls and where not, as used by a geotechnical engineer having 20 years experience with them, are given. Case histories of six notable slurry wall projects are presented, some involving some ground movement and water leakage (the very problems slurry walls are said to prevent). On the other hand, several of the case histories describe projects impossible to build as designed without slurry walls.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Slurries | Slurry walls | Excavation | Tieback (geotechnical) | Ground motion | Groundwater | Leakage

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