The Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia sixty-five years of foundation settlements

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Geotechnical Journal
ISSN0008-3674
Volume8
Issue1
Pages7793; # of pages: 17
Subjectsettlement; marine clay; loads; foundations; consolidation; Basements and foundations; tassement; argile marine; charge (mecanique); fondation (ouvrage); consolidation (renforcement)
AbstractConstruction of the Empress Hotel began in 1904 on a site reclaimed from the sea. The combined load of the fill and the structure has caused several feet of compression in the underlying marine silty clay. Fortunately, settlement observations have been made regularly since 1912 and the nature of the foundations and the structure allow reliable extrapolation back to the first loading. This paper describes the site, the applied loading, the settlements observed, and the results of laboratory tests on samples recently obtained. The observed primary and secondary consolidation settlements are compared with computed values.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierDBR-RP-456
NRC number11646
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NPARC number20374636
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Record created2012-07-23
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