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.,,
Ken Skaftfeld, P.Eng., Partner and senior geotechnical engineer at TREK Geotechnical, Inc., in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.,,

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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