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Unformatted text preview: and friendship from our first meeting before arriving to Gainesville. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Limin Zhang, for his continuing guidance and encouragement in the preparation of this manuscript. Without his work, this project would not have been accomplished. I wish to thank all my friends here in Gainesville, especially Alvin Gutierrez, Beatriz Camacho, Elzys Boscan, Nereida Padrn and Gabriel Alcaraz. Their friendship has provided me with life experiences I could not have gained elsewhere. I am deeply grateful to Paul Bullock and Tanel Esin from Schmertmann & Crapps, Inc. for their assistance in providing useful load test data appearing in this thesis. The help from Dr. Ching L. Kuo from PSI, Inc. is also gratefully appreciated. Dr. Ching...
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