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A case study of induced, consolidation settlements using wellpoint dewatering is presented. Included are a site description, results of laboratory tests, and details of an elaborate monitoring system consisting of water observation pipes, bench marks, settlement plates and anchors, piezometers, and nuclear density and moisture-content probes. A critique of each type of instrumentation is included in the paper. Five thousand field observations show that the wellpoint technique can produce predictable consolidation settlements.
consolidation, dewatering, foundations, instruments, monitors, settlement (structural), soils, soil mechanics, wellpoints, piezometers, moisture content, probes, field tests
Vice-president, Site Engineers, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.
Associate professor of civil engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.