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Title: Geotechnical and foundation review for the McMurdo master plan
Authors: Bjella, Kevin L.
Affleck, Rosa T.
Blaisdell, George L.
Keywords: EPOLAR
Foundations--Cold weather conditions
Foundations--Design and construction
Frozen ground
McMurdo Station (Antarctica)
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.) ) ; no. ERDC/CRREL TR-18-8
Abstract: Construction of large buildings is currently part of the major infrastructure development plan at McMurdo Station. Therefore, the overall goal of this study is to provide recommendations for selecting better-suited foundation designs for the new facilities by using existing geotechnical studies recently taken on site. Based on a detailed visual assessment of photos from the geotechnical coring conducted by a third-party consultant, we interpreted the results to indicate that ice-poor to nearly ice-free ground-ice conditions exist nearly everywhere across McMurdo Station and at a depth less than 3 m. This assessment provides foundation design options to prepare for the new development by excavating the near-surface ground-ice interval, replacing with compacted non-frost-susceptible fill material, and constructing shallow foundations with at-grade first-floor design. The benefits of the shallow foundation design include lower construction material needs, increased energy efficiency, optimized drainage and snow/ice accumulation prevention, increased seismic safety, and more appealing architecture for an austere environment.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CRREL TR-18-8
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 51 pages/4.307 Mb
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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