Wick drain installation considerations

October 1st, 2022

Figure 1. Prefabricated vertical wick drain installation at Rainy River Wick drains are one of the most common and cost-efficient ground improvement techniques for soft fine-grained soils. Over the years, there has been substantial development on wick drain design methods; however, construction considerations may have not been sufficiently considered during the design phase. Failure to […]

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Wick drain ground improvements

August 1st, 2022

Editor's note: This is part 1 of a two-part article. Part 2 will appear in the October/November issue of Geosynthetics. FIGURE 1 Wick drain installation Construction of a large mine waste stockpile was required at the Rainy River Mine in Ontario, Canada. The mine rock stockpile foundation has up to 131 feet (40 m) thick […]

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