Engineering site investigations in permafrost areas

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Proceedings titleTechnical Paper, Division of Building Research, National Research Council Canada
ConferenceProceedings: Permafrost International Conference: 1963-11,
Pages371374; # of pages: 4
SubjectPermafrost; Soils; soil investigation; aerial photography; site work (activity)
AbstractMain factors hindering construction in arctic and subarctic regions are access problems, limited transportation facilities, a severe climate with long periods of cold and darkness, and the dominating feature of the terrain, permafrost. Emphasis must be placed on careful planning and the compilation of pertinent information prior to conducting field investigations. Air photos provide a valuable aid for preliminary planning and site evaluation. Field investigations involve an exploratory survey over a wider region to assess general site conditions; investigations that follow are to gather detailed information about permafrost which will directly affect the design and construction techniques to be used. Some thought should be given to continuing and expanding observations begun during the field investigations. Observations such as ground temperatures, depth of thaw in undisturbed and disturbed locations and effects of changing drainage patterns will provide valuable information for other projects in the area. Studies should continue using instrumentation and observations of the performance of the structure and its effect on the underlying permafrost.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number9270
NPARC number20375964
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Record identifier813de3e9-eef3-471c-937d-e1c9be89a98d
Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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