There are two options for considering the effect of sand piles in Settle3D:
- The ground improvement option can be used to define a smeared improved region under footings.
- Most of the time, sand piles are used as ground improvement to reduce the consolidation settlement, and they act as vertical drains. The generation of excess pore pressure depends on the distance between the location of the sand pile installation and the points of excess pore pressure measurement. Sand piles can be modeled indirectly by using the wick drains option.