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Data Series 845

Prepared in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation

A Pier-Scour Database: 2,427 Field and Laboratory Measurements of Pier Scour

By Stephen T. Benedict and Andral W. Caldwell

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The U.S. Geological Survey conducted a literature review to identify potential sources of published pier-scour data, and selected data were compiled into a digital spreadsheet called the 2014 USGS Pier-Scour Database (PSDb-2014) consisting of 569 laboratory and 1,858 field measurements. These data encompass a wide range of laboratory and field conditions and represent field data from 23 States within the United States and from 6 other countries. The digital spreadsheet is available on the Internet and offers a valuable resource to engineers and researchers seeking to understand pier-scour relations in the laboratory and field.

First posted May 30, 2014

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Columbia, SC 29210–7651

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Suggested citation:

Benedict, S.T., and Caldwell, A.W., 2014, A pier-scour database—2,427 field and laboratory measurements of pier scour: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 845, 22 p.,

ISSN 2327–638X (online)





PSDb-2014 Data Sources

Limitations of Field Data


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