Experiences with ground water on construction

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Journal titleJournal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division
Pages117; # of pages: 17
Subjectground water; foundation work; site surveying
AbstractLocal ground-water conditions are generally disrupted by construction operations even when accepted methods of handling ground water are used. In most cases natural conditions are restored after a structure is completed, but some engineering projects necessarily cause permanent change in previously existing ground-water conditions. Some unusual Canadian examples include the "control" of ground water at Steep Rock Iron Mines by trapping it before it reached the drained lake bed in order to obviate erosion of the lake bed deposits; the La Tuque hydroelectric development on the St. Maurice River where seepage around a large concrete dam showed itself in a small natural lake, the level of which had to be controlled by pumping; and the Aguasabon hydroelectric development on the shores of Lake Superior, where a "perched reservoir" was used as the main forebay in an area of pervious sand and gravel, glacial silt forming the lining to a natural basin in this pervious material.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6846
NPARC number20331462
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Record identifier817b8cc5-9c86-4b2b-a555-a8c228e321ee
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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