Guidelines for Construction Vibrations: How Much Rattle is Too Much?

by Sandy Figuers, P.E., Principal Geological Engineer; Norfleet Consultants, Livermore, CA,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 4, Pg. 32-36

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The study of construction/blast-related ground vibrations on structures, people, and objects is a surprisingly diverse field. Vibration sources vary from blasting, all types of construction equipment, tunneling, trains, trucks, and even pipe bursting. These vibrations can damage structures, annoy people, kill fish, and disturb sensitive equipment. Evaluating the effects of these vibrations is complicated by the existence of multiple guidelines, difficulty in documenting low-level damage, human response to vibrations, separating long-term environmental effects, geology, and wide variations in building design, construction, and their condition.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Vibration


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