Evaluation of a 50-Year Old Barge Dock on the Missouri River

by Paul A. Hustad, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co, United States,
J. David Langford, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


The installation of a large crane on an existing barge dock on the Missouri River in Kansas City, Kansas required an evaluation of the dock system stability. The dock was constructed of a sheet pile wall anchored by concrete deadmen supported on wood piling. The evaluation included test pit excavations to examine the anchorage system, soil borings to examine the subsurface materials below the dock surface, and calculation of anchor rod and wood pile loading based on classical earth pressure theory. The evaluation and field investigation concluded that the dock system was on the verge of failure. Therefore, the crane and the unloading platform were installed at the rear of the dock surface outside of the active earth pressure zone.

Subject Headings: Docks | Wood piles | Sheet piles | Field tests | Soil pressure | River bank stabilization | Cranes | Missouri River | Kansas | United States

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