Harbour Geotechnics: The Case of the Portuguese Small Harbours

Almost all aspects of geotechnical engineering are present in harbor works, namely foundation engineering, stability problems above and under water, dredging, and the knowledge of sediments features, both geotechnical, which is key to defining the type of dredger to use, and gradation and composition, since the chemical and organic contamination of those sediments define the final destination of the dredged material. But cliffs are also important, because often they overtop the harbor facilities and/or their access. One must also emphasize the presence of soft soils and the necessity of their improvement, related to structure and engineered fill foundations. Underwater embankments and their particular construction processes and quality control are also central. This paper presents the main geotechnical aspects of the Portuguese small harbors, detailing three major concerns: dredging, cliff stability and foundation of structures, and embankments on soft soils.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 78-85
  • Monograph Title: Application of Nanotechnology in Pavements, Geological Disasters, and Foundation Settlement Control Technology

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  • Accession Number: 01534839
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784478448
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 21 2014 3:00PM