Michael Weaver Presents Ground Improvement as an Alternative to Deep
BOSTON, Ma. — Michael Weaver, PE, presented to the New England Section of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) on April 15, 2010. During his presentation, "Ground Improvement as an Alternative to Deep Foundations," Michael discussed various ground improvement techniques that are currently utilized instead of traditional and costly deep foundation systems for land development. Some of the most common ground improvement techniques include:
- Wick Drains,
- Deep Dynamic Compaction (DDC),
- Vibro-replacement (stone columns),
- Vibro-Concrete Columns (VCC's),
- Rammed Aggregate Piers (RAP's),
- Soil Mixing, and
- Controlled Modulus Columns (CMC's).
In addition to presenting the techniques, he also talked about some of the construction issues associated with each of the methods and presented information on design parameters and local building code provisions.
Michael has several years of experience in the geotechnical and environmental aspects of design and construction administration for projects involving underground spaces, tunnels, and major buildings for private and public sector clients. He earned his MS in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his BS in civil engineering from Tufts University in Massachusetts.