Areas surrounding the access pit being excavated to rescue the stalled Bertha TBM have experienced settlement as much as 1 to almost 1.5 inches according to a draft figure released by WSDOT on December 11, 2014. The aging and seismically deficient Viaduct itself has experienced 1 inch of settlement as well. Structural engineers have inspected it as well as numerous buildings in the area and have not found structural damage. The settlement is thought to be related to the dewatering associated with the access pit construction. The excavation was within 3 feet of the bottom when the settlement issues were first announced on December 5, and WSDOT has since allowed the contractor to complete the excavation. [Source: Read more information in the update provided by the WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project team. Image: WSDOT]
Urban miners have been busy constructing a new water supply tunnel underneath New York City to supply the megalopolis with the water it needs. The miners, or sandhogs as they are known, are about halfway complete with the new tunnel which is expected to be in service by the year 2020. Work on the 60-mile tunnel began in 1970 and the total projected cost is $6 billion and is widely regarded as one of the most complex public works projects in the western hemisphere. When complete, it will help deliver 1.2 billion gallons DAILY to 8 million New Yorkers. The city currently gets its drinking water from two water supply tunnels that were constructed in the early 20th century and have not been inspected or repaired since then. More after the break. (Image credit History.com)
The residential high-rise Millennium Tower in San Francisco has settled a total of 16 inches since opening, 2 inches deferentially. A spokesman for the tower owner blames the settlement on the excavation next door for the Transbay Transit Center, a $2.4 billion dollar project being constructed 60 feet underground.
However, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (Transbay) hired geotechnical firm Arup in 2010. Their initial report indicated that the tower had already settled 10 inches by the time excavation began for the Transit center. Arup seems to have been tasked with design, installation, and perhaps monitoring of a geotechnical monitoring program, some information on the scope is available in a 2012 presentation given by Arup available on the Transbay website.
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