Application of Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation to Stabilize Florida High-Organic Matter Soils for Roadway Construction

Previous positive results with Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MlCP), particularly the Inagaki et al. (2011) data, indicate the technique may be suitable for treating Florida's Organic Content (OC) soils. The project proposes a preliminary study involving a collaborative effort between investigators from the University of North Florida (UNF) and the University of Florida (UF}, to develop a laboratory technique to produce and assess soil improvement using MICP in OC-rich soils. The overall goal of this proposed work is to determine MICP's feasibility as an environmentally friendly and sustainable method for treating Florida 's OC soil for road way construction. Secondary objectives are to: (1) establish a streamlined procedure for creating and testing the properties of MICP-stabilized soils; (2) to determine the optimal procedure/conditions for using microbes to stabilize Florida's OC soils for roadway construction; and (3) recommend guidelines for field test site/applications (i.e. proposed plan for pilot projects).


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $208487
    • Contract Numbers:

      BDV34 977-06

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Research Center
      605 Suwannee Street MS-30
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Project Managers:

      Horhota, David

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of North Florida, Jacksonville

      Contruction Management Department
      Building 50 Room 2400
      Jacksonville, FL  United States  32224

      University of Florida, Gainesville

      Department. of Geological Services
      364 Williamson Hall
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
    • Principal Investigators:

      Crowley, Raphael

      Zimmerman, Andrew

    • Start Date: 20151216
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190331
    • Actual Completion Date: 20190331

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01582942
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Florida Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: BDV34 977-06
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 19 2015 12:59PM