R. Romero-Ramírez, M. Arroyo-Caraballo
The Puerto Rico Soil Engineering Office (OIS) was founded in 1975 and is currently under the Design Area of the Highway and Transportation Authority (ACT). In its foundation, the SEO was composed of a Soils Engineering Division and a Geology Division. Its main function was the subsoil exploration for the geotechnical structures designed and constructed by the PRHTA. Over time, the functions of the SEO evolved while soil engineering and rock engineering were evolving. Today, the SEO continues to attend to inquiries during projects’ design and construction phases. Additionally, the SEO attends several geotechnical initiatives like Geotechnical Asset Management and Unstable Slope Management. This article presents the contributions and innovations in the practice of geotechnical engineering that the OIS has attended and has had a leading role with emphasis on new analyzes and equipment that meet state and federal requirements and current codes that have potential to be implemented in geographic areas in the Caribbean and Latin America with similar geotechnical and geological characteristics.
Published on 08/06/23Accepted on 08/06/23Submitted on 08/06/23
Volume 23, 2023Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license
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