DFI Journal - The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute

Volume 4, Issue 2, January 2010

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Evaluating Excavation Support Systems to Protect Adjacent Structures (The 2010 Michael W. O’Neill Lecture)

Richard J. Finno


This paper presents an overview of methods that can be used to predict damage to buildings as a result of excavation-induced ground movements and describes an adaptive management approach for predicting, monitoring, and controlling excavation-induced ground movements. Successful updating of performance predictions depends equally on reasonable numerical simulations of performance, the type of monitoring data used as observations, and the optimization techniques used to minimize the difference between predictions and observed performance. This paper summarizes each of these factors and emphasizes their inter-dependence. Case studies are presented to illustrate the capabilities of this approach. Examples are given to show how optimized parameters based upon data obtained at early stages of excavation can be used to predict performance at latter stages, and how they can be applied to other excavations in similar geologic conditions.

excavation, ground deformations, damage, case study