Forensic analysis of buildings affected by mining subsidence based on Differential Interferometry (Part III)

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Title: Forensic analysis of buildings affected by mining subsidence based on Differential Interferometry (Part III)
Authors: Herrera García, Gerardo | Álvarez Fernández, Martina Inmaculada | Tomás, Roberto | González Nicieza, Celestino | Lopez-Sanchez, Juan M. | Álvarez Vigil, Arturo Ernesto
Research Group/s: Ingeniería del Terreno y sus Estructuras (InTerEs) | Señales, Sistemas y Telecomunicación
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería de la Construcción, Obras Públicas e Infraestructura Urbana | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal
Keywords: Forensic analysis | Mining subsidence | Building damages | Radar interferometry | Extensometers
Knowledge Area: Ingeniería del Terreno | Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones
Issue Date: 18-Apr-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: HERRERA, G., et al. “Forensic analysis of buildings affected by mining subsidence based on Differential Interferometry (Part III)”. Engineering Failure Analysis. Vol. 24 (Sept. 2012). ISSN 1350-6307, pp. 67-76
Abstract: This work presents a forensic analysis of buildings affected by mining subsidence, which is based on deformation data obtained by Differential Interferometry (DInSAR). The proposed test site is La Union village (Murcia, SE Spain) where subsidence was triggered in an industrial area due to the collapse of abandoned underground mining labours occurred in 1998. In the first part of this work the study area was introduced, describing the spatial and temporal evolution of ground subsidence, through the elaboration of a cracks map on the buildings located within the affected area. In the second part, the evolution of the most significant cracks found in the most damaged buildings was monitored using biaxial extensometric units and inclinometers. This article describes the work performed in the third part, where DInSAR processing of satellite radar data, available between 1998 and 2008, has permitted to determine the spatial and temporal evolution of the deformation of all the buildings of the study area in a period when no continuous in situ instrumental data is available. Additionally, the comparison of these results with the forensic data gathered in the 2005–2008 period, reveal that there is a coincidence between damaged buildings, buildings where extensometers register significant movements of cracks, and buildings deformation estimated from radar data. As a result, it has been demonstrated that the integration of DInSAR data into forensic analysis methodologies contributes to improve significantly the assessment of the damages of buildings affected by mining subsidence.
Sponsor: This work has been partially financed by the Spanish Geological and Mining Institute (IGME) within project 2004051, by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and EU FEDER within project TEC2008-06764; by the Generalitat Valenciana under project ACOMP/2010/082 and BEST-2011/225 by the University of Alicante (Projects VIGROB-114, VIGROB-157 and VIGROB-184); and by the Industry and Environment Regional Ministry of Murcia (CIMA).
ISSN: 1350-6307 (Print) | 1873-1961 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2012.03.003
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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