Drilled Piers Support Massive Gantry Crane
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Jan 1, 2006
This paper describes the design and construction of two 5.6 MN capacity drilled piers installed to support the main loading elements of a large cantilevered gantry crane. The critical crane columns were located within and at the edge of an existing sheet-pile cofferdam, which had been filled with loose coal slag when it was originally constructed Due to the presence of the slag and the age and questionable condition of the sheet-piles, the drilled piers were installed to provide vertical and lateral supports for these columns. The lateral capacity of the piers was supplemented by two smaller drilled piers and two large spread footings that were linked by a system of grade beams.