Publication Abstract

Proceedings-DFI/EFFC 11th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations, 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, (DFI)

Ground Vibrations from Pile and Sheet Pile Driving Part 1 - Building Damage
K. Rainer Massarsch, Geo Risk & Vibration AB, Sweden; Bengt H. Fellenius, Bengt H. Fellenius Consultants, Canada

Vibrations generated during the driving of piles or sheet piles can affect buildings or installations in the ground. However, observed building damage is not always caused directly by dynamic effects, but can also be related to foundation conditions. The importance of geotechnical conditions is usually not taken into consideration in most vibration standards. This paper describes how building foundations, and in particular mixed foundation types, are especially sensitive to ground vibrations. A method is presented for assessing the risk of settlement due to vibrations in granular soils. Also, a simple concept is proposed for estimating settlements in the vicinity of driven piles.

 article #1889; publication #100 (IC-2014)