The Transcona Grain Elevator Failure Revisited: A Modern Perspective a Century Later

by James Blatz, P.ENG., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba, and president and CEO of TREK Geotechnical, Inc., james.blatz@umanitoba.ca,
Ken Skaftfeld, P.ENG., Partner and senior geotechnical engineer at TREK Geotechnical, Inc., in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada., kskaftfeld@trekgeotechnical.ca,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 2, Pg. 48-55


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: More than a century ago, a seminal event in the then world of foundation engineering took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, when the mat-foundation-supported Transcona Grain Elevator underwent catastrophic collapse under initial loading. The failure (and righting) of the structure serves as a symbol of the pioneering days in geotechnical engineering, and appears in many textbooks and publications on the topic of bearing capacity in cohesive soils.

Subject Headings: Failure loads | Crops | Elevators | Failure analysis | Geotechnical engineering | Structural failures | Structural engineering | Load bearing capacity | Canada | Manitoba

 

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