The author of this paper describes the failure of a fill embankment on Desert View Drive in La Jolla, California. Built in the early 1960s, the embankment was marginally stable until 1990, when an excavation group cut into the embankment to construct a building pad and house. The progressive failure that resulted began in a circular manner and gradually increased to a wedge type movement of the entire fill embankment. The legal theories employed as the basis to sue the city of San Diego were that: 1) city officials were aware of the defective condition (poor compaction) of the embankment, but they did not fix the condition; and 2) officials failed to offer subjacent support to the homeowners property. Forty massive piers anchored in Ardath shale were constructed to repair the fill embankment.


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  • Accession Number: 00719279
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 16 1996 12:00AM