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]
Grain Bin Settlement Problems Common to Concrete Foundations Solved with NCFI’s Geotechnical Polyurethane Foam Technology
MOUNT AIRY, NC—Soil consolidation and settlement happens. It’s a fact of farm life. Secondary consolidation slowly forces water out of the spaces between soil particles. As this happens, soil particles move close together and settling occurs. Floors drop and become uneven. Newer grain silos and bins are using concrete floors instead of metal, and as secondary consolidation occurs beneath them, depressed or “settled” areas, form within the bin. Grain accumulates in the depressed areas, but cannot be retrieved by the bin sweeper. In fact, the sweeper, a kind of auger that transports grain up from the floor, can become damaged from prolonged exposure to the uneven floor.
This is exactly what Kirk Roberts of CJGeo, a Williamsburg, Virginia-based commercial foundation repair and geotechnical contractor, found when he got the job to repair the foundation of a massive 106-foot diameter grain bin at a poultry processing facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. “Once they removed the hundreds of thousands of bushels of grain, we found the floor had dropped some three inches in one section of the bin leaving a large pocket of grain out of reach of the bin sweeper.”
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