Collapsible Soils in the Antelope Valley—California

by Fred Romani, Buena Engineers Inc, United States,
Bruce A. Hick, Buena Engineers Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


Soils subject to hydroconsolidation, commonly referred to as collapsible soils, have a potential to undergo significant volume reductions upon wetting, with or without additional loading in excess of overburden pressure. These soils are found throughout the Antelope Valley Region of Southern California. Unacceptable total and differential foundation settlements on collapsible soils may result without remedial site work or special foundation design. The estimated amount of collapse can be predicted by a series of modified oedometer tests, and a profile of potential hydroconsolidation as a function of depth can be developed.

Subject Headings: Foundation design | Collapsible soils | Soil settlement | Soil pressure | Consolidated soils | Failure loads | Light rail transit | Differential settlement | California | United States

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