ABSTRACT

The Logistic and Gompertz embankment settlement prediction models have poor prediction accuracy for the late settlement of high-filled soil. This study proposes a combination of the two models based on their common characteristics and individuality, and their respective advantages and specific limitations. The minimum logarithmic error square sum of the combined model was used as the objective function to solve the optimal weighting coefficient. The optimal weighted geometric mean combination prediction model was deduced, to improve the confidence of the prediction accuracy of the settlement of high-filled soil. By fitting and analysing the measured settlement data of the engineered high-filled soil with each prediction model, the feasibility of the proposed optimal combination prediction model in the settlement prediction of high-filled soil was tested. It was found that the proposed optimal combination forecasting model was more accurate and adaptable compared to any single model, and was more reliable. Therefore, the proposed combination forecasting model could be used as an effective method to predict the settlement of high-filled soil in the later stages of settlement.