Soil Liquefaction and High Groundwater
Soil liquefaction, typically seen in certain low-lying areas with young alluvial soils, is the process by which the soil column collapses during a ground shaking; this occurrence leaves an improperly designed building floating on the water column. A very dangerous situation ensues which can result in entire buildings toppling over. Such events took place in Kobe, Japan, following the massive earthquake of 1995. AES investigates the soil column beneath a structure and evaluates liquefaction potential. We can provide you with a geotechnical report detailing the risk of liquefaction occurring on your building site.