Sample Approaches to Optimum Use of Marginal Lands

by William W. Moore, Sr. Consulting Partner; Dames & Moore, San Francisco, CA,
Nicholas Chryssafopoulos, Consulting Partner; Dames & Moore, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 3, Pg. 243-263

Document Type: Journal Paper


Land on which buildings may be supported is becoming scarce. To alleviate this shortage, existing methods must be improved and new methods must be devised to enable us to use marginal lands. Instead of developing a site to provide a stable, nonyielding ground surface for the support of foundations without appreciable settlement, both the site and the structure are designed to behave satisfactorily even though substantial future subsidence is expected to occur over a considerable period of years. Examples are given of: (1) buildings with foundations rigid enough to resist differential movements; (2) structures flexible enough to deform differentially without noticeable effects; (3) hinged or articulated structures consisting of modules hinged or separated to permit differential distortion between modules; and (4) structures subject to periodic releveling or other corrective measures.

Subject Headings: Land use | Foundation design | Soil settlement | Hinges | Structural settlement | Structural design | Land subsidence | Deformation (mechanics)

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