Geotechnical Exploration and Site Preparation Techniques for Large Mall in Karst Terrain

by G. T. Vandevelde, Law Engineering, Nashville, TN, USA,
N. G. Schmitt, Law Engineering, Nashville, TN, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Aspects of Karst Terrains: Exploration, Foundation Design and Performance, and Remedial Measures


A large commercial mall and secondary developments were planned for construction in a karst area near Clarksville, Tennessee. A geotechnical exploration was conducted to evaluate the occurence of sinkholes and to delineate the general subsurface conditions. This data was used to formulate recommendations for the support of structures and to develop options for surface run-off water disposal.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Karst | Geotechnical engineering | Shopping centers | Terrain | Sinkholes | Subsurface environment | Surface water | Tennessee | United States

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