Dewatering induced settlement of a historic landmark

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Title: Dewatering induced settlement of a historic landmark
Authors: Laefer, Debra F.
Frazier, Jon
Evans, Ashley
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2858
Date: Sep-2003
Abstract: Construction related dewatering in urban areas often induces damage of existing structures. The following forensic investigation highlights the complexities of such a phenomenon. Somerset plantation, a national historic landmark located in northeastern North Carolina is currently exhibiting distress. At many locations, these wooden structures on brick piers are experiencing sufficient differential settlement to impact building functionality. Heavy visitor traffic was proposed by the site staff as the cause of the building displacements. Given a perched aquifer located within a fatty clay, dewatering based settlement was suspected. Two potential sources of ground water change were investigated – (1) general drought conditions or (2) a nearby mining operation.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: ASV Publishers
Copyright (published version): ASV Publishers
Keywords: Dewatering;Urban areas;Damage;Structures;Distress;Differential settlement
Subject LCSH: Somerset Plantation (S.C.)
Settlement of structures--North Carolina
Historic buildings--North Carolina
Soil mechanics--North Carolina
Earth movements and building--North Carolina
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Ilichev, V.A. and Ulitsky, V. M. (eds.). Proceedings of the International Geotechnical Conference dedicated to the Tercentenary of Saint Petersburg Reconstruction of Historical Cities and Geotechnical Engineering : Volume 1
Conference Details: Presented at the International Geotechnical Conference Dedicated to the Tercentenary of Saint Petersburg. Sept 17-18, 2003, St. Petersburg, Russia
Appears in Collections:Urban Institute Ireland Research Collection
Critical Infrastructure Group Research Collection
Civil Engineering Research Collection

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