Construction of Infrastructure on Peat: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
1 Peat Technology Research Institute, University College of Technology Sarawak, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia
2 Research Center for Soft Soil, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400 Parit Raja, Johor, Malaysia
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Construction of infrastructures on peat land is a very challenging task due to its properties of low shear strength, high compressibility and high water content. This paper summarizes various solutions which could be adopted for the construction of infrastructure on peat, as reviewed by the experts and panels during IConCEES International Workshop 2015. Engineers could (a) avoid peat, such as to transfer the load to the hard layers through end bearing piles or to replace the peat with the other soils, or (b) construct on peat with special precautions, such as by reducing the weight of the construction materials and dewatering the peat to improve the engineering properties. This paper serves to generate new ideas and give insights of the problems commonly encountered by the industry. Some of the proposed solutions might never be tested on peat. This would rely on the researchers to take up the challenge to further investigate and address the technical issues outlined in this paper.
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