Engineering >> Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sinkhole Disaters

by Charles Griffith


Submitted : Fall 2012

Florida has a major problem when it comes to sinkholes. These sinkholes can become very hazardous to people, homes, and the landscape as a whole. Florida sits on a carbonate platform which is highly indicative of sinkholes. There are three main types of sinkholes which occur in Florida: dissolution, cover subsidence, and cover collapse are the three main types that occur. I will compare these types of sinkholes to the underlying formation beneath Florida to see if there is a connection between the types of sinkholes that occur. (3) I will also create a 3d model of grout injection stabilization and calculate its volume to compare to the actual volume we placed under the house. (4) This information will help inform and bring attention to the problem in Florida and in turn, may help alleviate the problem if we can understand what causes these sinkholes. The 3d model may help engineering companies to become more efficient in predicting the projected amount of volume to stabilize a house that may be in danger.



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Advisors :
Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Jonathan Burns, Mathematics and Statistics
John Desnoyers, GFA International
Suggested By :
Jonathan Burns