Geotechnics

Research to investigate geosynthetics, granular materials, aggregates, backfill materials, pile setup, soil compaction and retaining walls.

Please contact staff at research@dot.wi.gov for research published before FFY 2006.

​Research in progress

​Project ID

​Project title and principal investigator

​Completion date

(expected)

​0092-17-08

​Monitoring of Lateral Earth Pressure and Movements of Cut Retaining Walls
Principal Investigator: Allen Marr, Geocomp Corporation

WisDOT Contact: Andrew Zimmer (andrew.zimmer@dot.wi.gov)

Request for Proposal

​12/2019
​0092-18-07

​Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall Backfill Water Infiltration
Principal Investigator: William Likos, University of Wisconsin - Madison

WisDOT Contact: Jeff Horsfall (jeffrey.horsfall@dot.wi.gov)

​11/2019
​0092-16-03

​Evaluation of H-pile Corrosion Rates for WI Bridges Located in Aggressive Subsurface Environments
Principal Investigator: Amir Poursaee, Clemson University

WisDOT Contact: Jeff Horsfall (jeffrey.horsfall@dot.wi.gov)

​12/2018
​0092-16-07

​Thermal Integrity Profiling for Detecting Flaws in Drilled Shafts
Principal Investigator: Andrew Boeckmann, University of Missouri

WisDOT Contact: Andrew Zimmer (andrew.zimmer@dot.wi.gov)

11/2018​
​0092-17-01

​Evaluation of Recycled Base Aggregates
Principal Investigator: Hani Titi, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

WisDOT Contact: Andrew Zimmer (andrew.zimmer@dot.wi.gov)

​10/2018
​0092-15-06

Evaluation of the Long-Term Degradation and Strength Characteristics of In-situ Wisconsin Virgin Base Aggregates under HMA Pavements
Principal Investigator: Hani Titi, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

WisDOT Contact: Andrew Zimmer (andrew.zimmer@dot.wi.gov)

Request for Proposal

05/2018

Completed research

Project ID

​Project title

​Completion date

0092-15-07

​​Correlation of ASTM D4833 and D6241 Geotextile Puncture Test Methods and Results for Use on Wisconsin Department of Transportation Projects

Final report Research brief

05/2017
​0092-12-07

​Predicting Scour of Bedrock in Wisconsin

Final report Research Brief

​04/2017
​0092-12-08

​Static Pile Load Tests on Driven Piles into Intermediate Geo-Materials

Final report Research brief

​09/2016
​0092-13-03

​Understanding and Complying with Storm Water Mitigation Guidelines from the EPA

Final report Research brief

​05/2016​

0092-09-05

Evaluation of the Foundation Movements of Transportation Structures

Final report

​02/2016

​0092-11-04

​Analysis of Trends/Correlations of Historical WisDOT Soil Lab Test Results Through Development of an Electronic Database

Final report

​06/2015

​0092-14-03

​Permeability Performance and Lateral Load for Granular Backfill behind Abutments

Final report Research brief

​05/2015

​0092-08-11

​Effective Depth of Soil Compaction in Relation to Applied Compactive Energy

Final report ​​Research brief

​03/2015

​0092-14-02

​Performance of Pile Supported Sign Structures

Final report Research brief

​03/2015
​0092-12-03

​Lateral Deflection Contribution to Settlement Estimates

Final report Research brief

​07/2014
​0092-11-03

​Evaluating the Methodology and Performance of Jetting and Flooding Granular Backfill Systems

Final report Research brief

​02/2014
​0092-10-09

​Comparison of LRFD and LFD Cast-In-Place Pile Design and Construction Methods

Final report Research brief

​06/2013
​0092-10-08

​Investigation of Testing Methods to Determine Long Term Aggregate Durability of Various Types of Wisconsin Aggregate Sources

Final report Research brief

​04/2013
​0092-09-04

​Evaluation of Constructed, Cast-in-Place (CIP) Piling Properties

Final report part 1 Final report part 2 Research brief

​12/2011
​TPF-5(128)

​Accelerated Implementation of Intelligent Compaction Technology for Embankment Subgrade Soils, Aggregate Base and Asphalt Pavement Material

Pooled fund website

​09/2011
​0092-10-10

​Cone Penetrometer Comparison Testing

Final report Research brief

​09/2011
​0092-06-04

​Construction Vibration Attenuation with Distance and its Effect on the Quality of Early-Age Concrete

Final report Research brief

​09/2011
​0092-08-12

​Determination of Resilient Modulus Values for Typical Plastic Soils in Wisconsin

Final report Research brief

​09/2011
​0092-07-06

​Development of Full Scale Testing of an Alternate Foundation System for Post and Panel Retaining Walls

Final report Research brief

​12/2010
​0092-08-07

​Evaluation of Intelligent Compaction Technology for Densification of Roadway Subgrades and Structural Layers

Final report Research brief

​10/2010
​0092-04-10

​Monitoring and Evaluation of Fly Ash Stabilized Subgrade Constructed by Wisconsin DOT

Final report Research brief

​06/2010
​WI-03-10

​Evaluation of Ecocycle Netting for Erosion Control Applications

Final report

​05/2010
​0092-07-04

​Comparison of Three Different Methods for Determining Pile Bearing Capacities

Final report Research brief

​03/2009
​0092-07-05

​Development of Testing Methods to Determine Interaction of Geogrid-Reinforced Granular Material for Mechanistic Pavement Analysis

Final report Research brief

​10/2008
​0092-06-05

​Comparison of Basic Lab Test Results with More Sophisticated Lab and In-Situ Test Methods on Soils in Southeastern Wisconsin

Final report Research brief

​09/2008
​0092-00-13

​Evaluation of Bridge Approach Settlement Mitigation Methods

Final report Research brief

​10/2007
​0092-05-08

​Determination of Shear Strength Values for Granular Backfill Materials Used by Wisconsin DOT

Final report Research brief

​08/2007
​0092-05-09

​Investigation of Vertical Members to Resist Surficial Slope Instabilities

Final report Research brief

​06/2007
​0092-03-11

​Determination of Typical Resilient Modulus Values for Selected Soils in Wisconsin

Final report Research brief

​05/2006
​0092-02-03

​Investigation of Testing Methods to Determine Long-Term Durability of Wisconsin Aggregate Resources Including Natural Materials, Industrial Byproducts, and Recycled/Reclaimed Materials

Final report Research brief

​11/2005
​0092-03-12

​Development of Methodology to Include Strength Contribution of Select Subgrade Materials in Pavement Structures

Final report Research brief

​10/2005
​0092-45-15

​Effectiveness of Geosynthetics in Stabilizing Soft Subgrades

Final report Research brief

​10/2005
​0092-00-12

​Equivalency of Subgrade Reinforcement Methods

Final report Research brief

​10/2005
​0092-45-18

​Field Performance of Subbases Constructed with Industrial Byproducts

Final report Research brief

​10/2005
​0092-01-05

​Investigation of the DCP and SSG as Alternative Methods to Determine Subgrade Stability

Final report Research brief

​10/2005