CROSS Topic Paper
Nicoll Highway collapse
The collapse occurred in 2004 as a consequence of the failure of a 33m deep excavation adjacent to Nicoll Highway in Singapore.
The collapse occurred as a result of two primary errors: the under-estimation of the soil loads applied to the diaphragm wall and the under-design by a factor of 2 of the waler/strut connection at one level, and the inability of the overall system to redistribute loads after its failure.
Note: this Topic Paper was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).
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Temporary works engineers, civil and structural engineers, design reviewers, Principal Contractors, groundworks contractors.
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