Solutions for Soft Soils

by Alec Bloem, Vice President; Malcolm Drilling, Southeast District, Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
Nick Turus, P.E., District Manager; Malcolm Drilling, Southeast District, Ft. Lauderdale, FL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2019, Vol. 89, Issue 3, Pg. 60-63

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Because of highly permeable soils and high water tables, deep foundations and basements in southeast Florida have been virtually impossible, limiting the excavation depths in cities like Miami and leading to the use of valuable aboveground real estate for parking. But thanks to contractor innovations—including cutter soil mixing, deep soil mixing, and continuous flight auger megapiles—robust underground support is now possible, and towers with basements for parking in and near Miami are rising.

Subject Headings: Soil mixing | Permeability (soil) | Soil water | Soft soils | Basements | Parking facilities | Water level | Water table | Florida | United States | Miami

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