Settlement of an Air Cargo Structure on Soft Clay

by Mazen E. Adib, (M.ASCE), Dames & Moore, San Francisco, United States,
William G. Paratore, (M.ASCE), Dames & Moore, San Francisco, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments


This paper presents a case history of settlement of a light structure on San Francisco Bay Mud. Despite measured total settlements of 56 to 82 cm, the structure is still functioning 27 years after construction. Most of the settlement is due to the consolidation of the Bay Mud under the weight of areal fill. The fill was up to 3.65 m in thickness and was placed 5 years prior to construction. The paper also presents a prediction of the observed settlements using the computer program CONSOL.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Structural settlement | Soil analysis | Structural analysis | Soil-structure interaction | Soil structures | Soft soils

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