New Techniques on Soft Soils

Edited by Marcio Almeida

© 2010 – CRC Press

340 pages

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pub: 2010-12-14
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About the Book

  • practically oriented reference volume on soft soil engineering
  • contains case studies of soft soil techniques from all over the world

New Techniques on Soft Soils covers a wide range of updated techniques related to site investigation, vertical drains, surcharge, piled embankment, granular piles, deep mixing, monitoring and performance. An essential reference for designers and practitioners involved in soft soil construction, it provides a comprehensive view of current experiences and opinions of researchers and professionals from different parts of the world involving site investigation, design and construction on soft clays.

This book presents a collection of selected expert contributions on innovations in soft soil engineering, that were presented at the Symposium on New Techniques for Design and Construction in Soft Clays held in Guarujá, Brazil, on 22 and 23 May 2010.

Table of Contents


SECTION 1 Site Investigation, Vertical Drains and Surcharge


The interaction between reinforcement and drains and their effect on the performance of embankments on soft ground

Rowe, R.K.; Taechakumthorn, C.


Preloading design based on long term extensometer readings. A comparison of alternative models

Alonso, E.E.; Gens, A.; Madrid, R.; Tarragó, D.

FEM simulation of vacuum consolidation with CPVD for under-consolidated deposit

Chai, J; Bergado D.T; Hino, T.

Improvement of ultra soft soil for the reclamation of a slurry pond

Chu,J.; Bo, M.W.; Arulrajah, A.

Reinforced test embankments on Florianopolis very soft clay

Magnani, H.O.;Almeida, M.S.S.; Ehrlich, M.

The Role of In Situ Testing on Interactive Design on Soft Clay Deposits

Schnaid, F.; Consoli, N.C.; Dalla Rosa, F.; Rabassa, C.

Vacuum consolidation, vertical drains for the environment friendly consolidation of very soft polluted mud at the Airbus A-380 factory site

Varaksin, S.

SECTION 2 Piled Embankments. Granular Piles and Deep Mixing


Deep mixing to improve the stability of embankments, levees, and flfloodwalls constructed on soft clay

Filz, G. M.; Adams, T. E.; Navin, M. P.


Numerical Simulations and Full Scale Behavior of SDCM and DCM Piles on Soft Bangkok Clay

Bergado, D.T.; Suksawat, T.; Saowapakpiboon, J.; Voottipruex, P.; Jamsawang, P.

Full-scale experiments of pile-supported earth platform under a concrete flfloor slab and an embankment

Briançon, L.; Simon B.

Piled embankments in the Netherlands; how to decide, how to design?

Eekelen, S.J.M. van; Venmans, A.A.M.

Consolidation settlement of stone column-reinforced foundations in soft soils

Han, J.

Modeling of ground improvement using stone columns

Weber, T.M.

Soft soil Improvement - The Vibro Replacement Techniques

Wehr, J.; Wegner, R.; Felix dos Santos, M.

SECTION 3 Monitoring & Performance


Overview of Brazilian construction practice over soft soils

Almeida, M.S.S; Marques, M.E.S.; Lima, B.T.

Soft soils improved by prefabricated vertical drains: performance and prediction

Indraratna, B.; Rujikiatkamjorn, C.; Wijeyakulasuriya, V.; McIntosh, G.; Kelly, R.


Analysis and Control of the Stability of Embankments on Soft Soil: Juturnaíba and other Experiences in Brazil

Coutinho, R.Q.; Bello, M.I.M.C.

Tall buildings in Santos City: unexpected behavior of the old shallow foundations and the newly long piles

Massad, F.

The Embraport pilot embankment - primary and secondary consolidations of Santos soft clay with and without wick drains - Part 1

Rémy, J.P.P.; Martins I.S.M.; Santa Maria P.E.L.; Aguiar V.N.; Andrade, M.E.S.

The Embraport pilot embankment - primary and secondary consolidations of Santos soft clay with and without wick drains - Part 2

Rémy, J.P.P.; Martins I.S.M.; Santa Maria P.E.L.; Aguiar V.N.; Andrade, M.E.S.

About the Editor

Márcio Almeida earned his Civil Engineering degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in 1974 and obtained his MSc at COPPE/UFRJ in 1977 when he joined COPPE as Assistant Lecturer. Marcio got his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1984. Then he returned to UFRJ and in 1994 became Professor of Geotechnical

Engineering. His postdocs were in Italy (ISMES) and at NGI, Norway in the early 1990s and he was also visiting researcher at the universities of Oxford, Western Australia and ETH, Zurich. He is currently one of the leading researchers of the National Institute of Science and Technology – Rehabilitation of Slopes and Plains (INCT-REAGEO). He has been the Director of COPPE’s MBA “Post-Graduate Program in Environment’’ since 1998. He has published numerous articles in journals and conferences in Brazil and abroad and has supervised over 60 doctoral and master dissertations. He received the Terzaghi and Jose Machado awards from the Brazilian Association of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS). His experience ranges from soft clay engineering, environmental and marine geotechnics to site investigation, physical and numerical modeling as well as extensive experience in geotechnical consulting.

Subject Categories

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General