Publication Abstract

Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, 2017, New Orleans, LA, USA, (DFI)

Dulles Metrorail/Silver Line (Phase 2) Drilled Shaft Lateral Load Testing Program
William Billiet, P.E.

The Dulles Silver Line Phase II is an 11.4 mile extension of the Washington Area Metro Transit Authority's Silver line in northern Virginia. There are three miles of elevated guideway, which are supported on 188 large diameter mono-shafts founded within the Triassic Geologic Aged Culpeper Fault Basin. Three lateral load tests were performed on fully instrumented test shafts. The challenge in developing the load testing program was how to reproduce the effects of the extremely high design loads along the test shafts, considering the limitations of the load test equipment. Development, execution, and analysis of the lateral load test program is discussed.

 article #2780; publication #1037 (AM-2017)