Using observational method to manage safety aspects of remedial grouting of concrete dam foundations
2016 (English)In: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, ISSN 0960-3182, E-ISSN 1573-1529, Vol. 34, no 5, 1613-1630 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
As concrete dams age, the need for remedial grouting to reduce the seepage and uplift pressure in the rock foundations under them increases. Based on a case study of a Swedish dam with very low calculated safety against sliding, this paper discusses the application of the observational method (as defined in Eurocode 7) to manage safety aspects during remedial grouting. The studied case was complex in that grouting works posed the risk of causing increased uplift pressure, which could have induced sliding failure along a shallow, persistent, horizontal rock joint in the foundation. The approach applied in the studied case mainly followed the principles of the observational method, except in some highly significant safety aspects for which alternative procedures are suggested and discussed. Implementing these procedures along with the observational method offers a coherent framework to manage the safety aspects of the remedial grouting of concrete dam foundations that is in line with modern risk-informed dam safety policies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016. Vol. 34, no 5, 1613-1630 p.
observational method; Eurocode 7; dam safety; foundation; grouting;
Research subject Civil and Architectural Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192817DOI: 10.1007/s10706-016-0069-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-192817DiVA: diva2:972213
QC 201609292016-09-202016-09-202016-09-30Bibliographically approved