Publication Abstract

Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, 2020 - ONLINE , (DFI)

Case Study of Three Bidirectional Static Load Tests for Bored Piles at Sabana Costa Rica
Mauricio Coto, Luis Millán, Luis A. Vargas, Karen Calderón

Three bidirectional static load tests (BDSLT) were executed on bored concrete piles, as part of the permanent foundations for two buildings sites located at the Sabana, San Jose, Costa Rica, separated at a relatively short distance of about 1 km. Unit skin friction values obtained for both sites, principally for the "Lahar" layer show that in general, friction pile capacity from the tests is higher than anticipated per static calculations from soil borings geotechnical parameters correlations. Results from the tests were also compared with dynamic load tests (DLT) executed at other two sites in the surrounding area, and with a Finite Element (FE) Analysis that model soil-pile interaction for one of the projects. On the other side, some construction issues were detected on one of the sites, which negatively affected the end bearing capacity, but being that pile friction was higher than anticipated, the required overall pile capacity was accomplished. The BDSLTs results of these tests help to better understand the geotechnical behavior of the soil layers in the Sabana. Moreover, they also show that is possible to optimize the design and construction of other bored pile supported buildings and structures on the zone.

 article #3717; publication #1073 (AM-2020)