Vibro-compaction and vibro-stone columns are the two dynamic methods of soil improvement most commonly used worldwide. These methods have been developed over seventy years and are now in a position of unrivalled importance amongst modern foundation measures. The first works on granular soil by densification, and the second is used to displace and reinforce fine grained and cohesive soils by introducing inert material.
This practical guide for professional geotechnical engineers outlines the development of vibratory deep compaction, describes the equipment used, sets out the methods and techniques and provides state of the art design principles and quality control procedures. It also identifies the practical limitations of the methods. Case studies from South East Asia and the Middle East are used to illustrate the methods and to demonstrate how they apply in real world conditions. The book concludes with some variations of the basic methods, evaluates the economic and environmental benefits of the methods and gives contractual guidance.
"With this work, Klaus Kirsch and Fabian Kirsch provide an in-depth reference for a complex (some would say highly esoteric) topic, yet the authors achieve a clarity of style and of presentation that is a welcome departure from what one would expect considering the highly specialized nature of the subject matter.
All in all, this is a superb reference book…. Anyone involved with structural work or with the design of buildings in areas where ground improvement is required should not think twice about purchasing this outstanding reference." – Dominique J. Cheénne, Noise Control Engineering Journal
1. Ground Improvement Methods 2. History of Vibratory Deep Compaction 3. Deep Soil Improvement by Vibratory Methods 4. Compaction of Granular Soils 5. Improvement of Fine Grained and Cohesive Soils by Vibro Replacement Stone Columns 6. Method Variations and Related Processes 7. Environmental Considerations 8. Contractual Implications