Building Performance Founded on an Improved Sand in Recife, Brazil

by J. F. T. Jucá, (M.ASCE), Federal Univ of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil,
A. O. C. Fonte, Federal Univ of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil,
I. D. S. Pontes Filho, Federal Univ of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments


Studies performed on a fourteen-storey building founded on an improved sand are presented. These studies included soil profile characterization, the choice of foundation type, the ground improvement, the numerical method used in settlement predictions, and the field instrumentation to monitoring vertical deformations. The effects of the soil-structure interaction and construction sequence are evaluated in the settlement predictions. The settlements measured were closely related to superstructure loading. A limited agreement is obtained between measured and calculated settlements.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Buildings | Developing countries | Sandy soils | Soil deformation | Soil stabilization | Foundation settlement | Soil structures | Brazil | South America

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