Numerical Modeling of Deep Soil Mixing Excavation Support Conference Paper uri icon


  • The finite element method (FEM) is growing in popularity over the pressure diagram/hand calculation method for analysis of excavation systems in general and deep soil mixing excavations in particular. In this paper, a finite element analysis is used to study the behavior of a deep mixed excavation. Through the use of Plaxis (a FEM software program), the construction sequence is simulated by following the various construction phases allowing for deflections due to strut or anchor installation to be predicted. The numerical model used in this study simulates the soil cement columns as a continuous wall matching the bending stiffness of the actual wall. Input parameters based on laboratory tests and modeling assumptions are discussed. An example of the approach is illustrated using the Islais Creek Transport/Storage Project in San Francisco, California. Copyright ASCE 2006.

name of conference

  • GeoCongress 2006

published proceedings

  • GeoCongress 2006

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Rutherford, C. J., Biscontin, G., Koutsoftas, D., & Briaud, J.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Rutherford, Cassandra J||Biscontin, Giovanna||Koutsoftas, Demetrious||Briaud, Jean-Louis

publication date

  • January 2006