DFI Traveling Lecture at ASCE IL Section Geo-Institute

March 12, 2019

St. Charles, IL
The 2018-2019 DFI Traveling Lecturer John R. Wolosick, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE will be delivering his presentation on Repair of National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Using Micropiles, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

In 2014, a deep sinkhole opened up directly under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Eight very valuable Corvettes, of various vintages, were swallowed by the sinkhole, which extended very deeply and directly under a domed structure, where the cars were displayed on a slab-on-grade for the museum. Immediate response was required and micropile foundations were chosen as the most effective repair, to prevent the structure from totally collapsing.

An extensive cave system was discovered under the building. Caves are common in karst terrain and in this area of Kentucky. The micropiles were attached to the existing shallow foundations and drilled directly through the caves to support the structure.

A chronological presentation, documenting the repair efforts, including recovering the cars, will be presented at this event.