An Integrated Study of Foundation Systems in Calcareous Sediments

Authors: M.F. Randolph, P.G. Watson, M.F. Bransby and M. Fahey (UWA)

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Future developments of offshore facilities around Australia must address the challenges of deep water and the potential lack of any substantial cemented sediments near the surface. The report explores the design framework for alternative foundation systems in weak, calcareous sediments, calibrated through physical model tests. Attention was focussed on two main foundation types, namely piles under lateral loading, and skirted foundations (caissons) under combined vertical, moment and horizontal loading.

 

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