This report presents the state-of-the-art of marine soil mechanics and foundation engineering. The study involved an extensive literature search and personal contacts with individuals in Government and industry involved in offshore work. The fields of subbottom exploration, laboratory and in situ testing, soil properties, and marine foundation engineering were examined to delineate existing capabilities and limitations. The viewpoint taken was that of a soils and foundation engineer attemtpting to plan, design, and construct an offshore foundation with the available knowledge and experience. The study was limited to water depths of 600 ft or less. Uncertainties exist in (a) questionable soil property inputs for design procedures due to sample disturbance and inadequate knowledge about sea floor characteristics, (b) performance expectations based on inadequate full-scale foundation performance data, and (c) construction technology to place the foundation as designed. Recommendations are made for research projects to reduce these uncertainties and to advance the state-of-the-art of marine soil mechanics and foundation engineering. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  United States  39180-6199
  • Publication Date: 1972-8

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 176 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00057288
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 72-11 Tech. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 1974 12:00AM