Analysis of a Wharf for a Container Terminal

by Luis Hernández Toca,
José A. Arréllaga,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92


A balanced combination of sophisticated computer programs was employed to model the soil strata, foundation and structure of a wharf for a new container terminal in the Port of Topolobampo, Mexico. The analysis was performed after severe pile misalignments and distresses were observed during the construction of about 70% of the structure. The detailed analysis was performed with minimum disruption of construction operations and helped determine certain modifications in the deck slab, piles, and landside filling. These changes saved a young project from a possible instability in the construction process and a possible failure under service loading.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Container shipping | Computer models | Failure loads | Harbor facilities | Structural analysis | Soil analysis | Pile foundations | Mexico

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