Tracking Structural Stability

The Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor (ReTRAC) project, scheduled for completion this fall, is expected to ease traffic congestion and beautify downtown Reno, NV, by sinking 2 miles of on-grade rail lines into a 33-foot deep trench. One of the challenges the project faced was to avoid undermining the foundations of existing structures, some of them historic buildings. The article provides an overview of the installation of wireless tiltmeters on sensitive buildings which are located close enough to the trench alignment that construction activities inadvertently could cause structural deformation or foundation settling. The use of digital tiltmeters to document the effects of trench excavation on the buildings provides a record of the structures' performance as a defense against damage claims and protect the workers, the public and building owners from injury and property damage.

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  • Authors:
    • Constable, Etienne
    • Bleakly, Doug
    • Ludwig, Claus
  • Publication Date: 2005-8-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 36-38
  • Serial:
    • Civil Engineering News
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Civil Engineering News, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 1051-9629

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2005 3:56PM