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Applications for Piezometers

Piezometers measure pore-water pressure and ground water levels. They help engineers to:

  • Understand initial site conditions.
  • Determine safe rates for placement of fill
  • Predict slope stability.
  • Design and build for lateral earth pressures and uplift pressures.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of drainage schemes.
  • Check the performance of containment systems.

Earthfill Dam

  • Determine safe rates of construction
  • Monitor performance of clay core
  • Monitor seepage
  • Monitor performance of cutoff wall
  • Monitor uplift pressures

Tailings Pond

  • Control construction
  • Monitor consolidation
  • Monitor seepage

 

Embankments

  • Determine safe rates of construction
  • Monitor drainage schemes
  • Monitor consolidation

Landslides

  • Predict stability of slope
  • Calculate soil mass

 

Retaining Wall

  • Calculate load applied to wall
  • Evaluate drainage systems

Diaphram Wall

  • Understand initial site conditions
  • Calculate load applied to wall
  • Monitor draw-down due to dewatering
  • Monitor uplift pressures on floor of excavation

Dewatering

  • Evaluate efficiency of pumping scheme
  • Provide early warning of flooding

Dynamic Compaction

  • Evaluate consolidation
  • Evaluate drainage systems

Pile Test

  • Monitor pore-water pressures generated by pile driving
 

 

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