Design, Construction, and Load Testing of a High Capacity Caisson

by Edward C. Demsky, St. Louis District Corps of, Engineers, United States,
Bruce H. Moore, St. Louis District Corps of, Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


This paper describes the large diameter caisson foundation for the upstream guidewall at the Lock and Dam No. 26 (Replacement) Project. The guidewall is supported on two rows of 6-foot (1.8-m) diameter concrete filled caissons. This paper describes the philosophy and design decisions leading to unique caisson design. The construction success and problems for the load test caisson is discussed.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Load bearing capacity | Caissons | Load factors | Foundation design | Load and resistance factor design | Infrastructure construction | Pile tests

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