'le clllA( l\ x 1 • SITE EXPLORATION (Your site is !H)UDly not homogeneous, elastic, or Isofopic.) • Purpose - gather data for foundation design and construction methods o Identify soil type, especially difficult soils such as soft clay, expansive clay, or muck o Determine layering ("stratification") and variability o Obtain samples for identification and lab tests to measure soil properties o Determine depth to rock (if present) o Perform insitu field tests for soil properties o Observe site drainage conditions o Observe nearby structures possibly affected by construction effort o Measure depth to water table (effective stresses ) • Planning an Investigation o Obtain information about site usage and design of structure (often preliminary). Compile best information about anticipated foundation loads (moving target). Consider building code requirements (can be restrictive). Anticipate construction difficulties (excavation, fill requirements, drainage, cofferdams, shoring).
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course CEG 4012 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.