Why should excess slurry head be maintained in diaphragm wall?

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For the construction of diaphragm walls adjacent to buildings, previous experience showed that excess slurry head above groundwater level had to be maintained to limit the ground settlements during the construction of diaphragm walls. In fact, the excess slurry head can be achieved by the following methods. The first one is to construct a ring of well points to lower the piezometric level to achieve a higher excess slurry head in diaphragm walls. Alternatively, guide walls may be raised above ground level to accommodate the slurry column.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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