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Title: Siting of prison complex above abandoned underground coal mine

Abstract

This paper discusses in detail the process undertaken to mitigate the effects of any future mine subsidence on prison structures proposed above old abandoned underground workings. The site for a proposed prison complex purchased by the state of Indiana was located in west-central Indiana and was undermined by an old abandoned room and pillar mine. Based on a study of the mine map and subsurface verification of the extent of mining it was determined that all prison buildings and important structures could be placed above solid coal to the north. However, one masonry building was located within the potential draw zone of mine works that still contained significant mine voids. Based on empirical data the subsidence potential was estimated and the building was designed accordingly to be mine subsidence resistant. It was decided that a phase 2 prison complex should be constructed adjacent to and just south of the phase 1 complex. This complex would be directly above the underground workings. Subsequently, an extensive subsurface investigation program was undertaken to (1) ascertain whether or not mine areas where buildings would be located were already collapsed and thus only nominal, if any, subsidence could occur in the future and (2) verifymore » the presence of solid coal areas within the mine as indicated on the mine map. Based on all the site information gathered subsidence profiles were developed from an empirical database of subsidence events in the Illinois coal basin. As a result of this work many structures on the site required no or nominal subsidence considerations. However, for others that could be affected potentially by future subsidence movement preliminary subsidence resistant designs were completed using the expected level of potential subsidence movement.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Marino Engineering Associates, Inc., Urbana, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
659148
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; Journal Volume: 124; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: PBD: Oct 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS; SITE SELECTION; ROOM AND PILLAR MINING; ABANDONED SHAFTS; GROUND SUBSIDENCE; MITIGATION; DESIGN; INDIANA

Citation Formats

Marino, G.G. Siting of prison complex above abandoned underground coal mine. United States: N. p., 1998. Web. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(1998)124:10(954).
Marino, G.G. Siting of prison complex above abandoned underground coal mine. United States. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(1998)124:10(954).
Marino, G.G. Thu . "Siting of prison complex above abandoned underground coal mine". United States. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(1998)124:10(954).
@article{osti_659148,
title = {Siting of prison complex above abandoned underground coal mine},
author = {Marino, G.G.},
abstractNote = {This paper discusses in detail the process undertaken to mitigate the effects of any future mine subsidence on prison structures proposed above old abandoned underground workings. The site for a proposed prison complex purchased by the state of Indiana was located in west-central Indiana and was undermined by an old abandoned room and pillar mine. Based on a study of the mine map and subsurface verification of the extent of mining it was determined that all prison buildings and important structures could be placed above solid coal to the north. However, one masonry building was located within the potential draw zone of mine works that still contained significant mine voids. Based on empirical data the subsidence potential was estimated and the building was designed accordingly to be mine subsidence resistant. It was decided that a phase 2 prison complex should be constructed adjacent to and just south of the phase 1 complex. This complex would be directly above the underground workings. Subsequently, an extensive subsurface investigation program was undertaken to (1) ascertain whether or not mine areas where buildings would be located were already collapsed and thus only nominal, if any, subsidence could occur in the future and (2) verify the presence of solid coal areas within the mine as indicated on the mine map. Based on all the site information gathered subsidence profiles were developed from an empirical database of subsidence events in the Illinois coal basin. As a result of this work many structures on the site required no or nominal subsidence considerations. However, for others that could be affected potentially by future subsidence movement preliminary subsidence resistant designs were completed using the expected level of potential subsidence movement.},
doi = {10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(1998)124:10(954)},
journal = {Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering},
number = 10,
volume = 124,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1998},
month = {Thu Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1998}
}