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Fugro Performs O-Cell Pile Tests for L’Anse du Portier Eco-Project

Infra News - Published on Thu, 25 Jun 2020

Image Source: Fugro L’Anse du Portier Eco-Project
Fugro has completed an 11-month land site characterisation project for the Sogefon & Fondamenta joint venture as part of Monaco’s prestigious L’Anse du Portier land extension project. Fugro supported the foundation design phase by performing three Osterberg cell pile tests, a first in Monaco, to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the new site’s substrata resistance, on which a forest of more than 1000 piles will be installed.

L’Anse du Portier is a land extension of Monaco’s existing coastline and will create a new 6-hectare eco-district around the Grimaldi Forum exhibition centre. The complex onsite geology requires foundation piles with a diameter of up to 1.8 meter and 60 meter long to reach solid ground. To verify the pile design, Fugro utilised the O-cell method as the best option for the land extension’s geology and configuration, and the demanding project schedule. The average friction test result was around 30 % higher than the friction value considered during the initial design phase, which will enable Sogefon & Fondamenta to optimise their pile design for construction and achieve significant cost savings.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 25 Jun 2020
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