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Soft ground improvement techniques have evolved substantially in Brazil in recent years. However, their application in soft and very soft clays requires a good understanding of the fundamentals of ground improvement techniques suited to the problem as well as the actual field behavior when implemented on a real scale. This paper describes some of the mo...

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The practice of soil-cement reinforced layers to bear shallow foundations is a feasible option in low bearing capacity soils. This paper addresses the interpretation of plate load tests bearing on compacted artificially cemented sand layers of distinct sizes and shapes (cylindrical and prismatic) overlaying a weakly bonded residual soil stratum. Static ...

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A comparative analysis of three-dimensional (3D) modifications of Hoek & Brown (1988) rock failure criterion was carried out. The correlations between failure stress and the other principal stresses were first determined using polyaxial test data for five geomaterials including KTB amphibolites, Westerly granite, Dunham dolomite, Shirahama sands...

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Geotechnical engineers frequently rely on semi-empirical methods like Décourt-Quaresma and Meyehof’s to estimate the bearing capacity of piles. This paper proposes alternatives to these methods, presenting an approach using machine learning models for predicting the bearing capacity of precast concrete piles. It uses data samples in...

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