Congested and ever-growing cities pose some specific challenges for the construction company and its geotechnical engineering department.
Get More Out of Limited Space
Limited land footprint requires greater project optimization and urban development requires taller buildings with deeper foundations. Yet, for construction companies, taller, thinner, and deeper brings its own challenges related to safety, stability, and subsidence. Therefore, thorough subsurface investigation is a must and project managers must involve geotechnical engineers in the earliest stages of planning to ensure low geotechnical and project risk.
Understanding the Ground Conditions
While it is not unheard of for project stakeholders to be unwilling to invest in thorough site investigation, in-depth knowledge of the ground conditions can save operational costs while greatly minimizing project, financial, and safety risk.
Design Proper Structures
Accounting for the properties of soil, underground water, structures, and their interaction allow construction managers to model the most relevant structures and make the optimal excavation and construction decision.
Be Mindful of the Adjacent Buildings and Infrastructure
A pressing problem geotechnical engineers face is how to manage adjacent structures. Successfully managing adjacent structures relies on properly investigating the site, working closely with stakeholders, and creating an excavation model that can mitigate the financial risk of negative effects on the adjacent building or infrastructure.
Complex Underground Infrastructure
Another problem is excavating around underground space that could include public facilities or subway connectors, transportation systems, water and sewerage piping, power generation and cabling lines, telecommunications, and defense facilities. Modeling around these obstacles can be a complex, expensive, and risky endeavor.
Building for the Future
Analyzing seismic conditions, soils, underground water, and advanced soil-structure interaction allows for safe and long-term operation of every building.
This e-book looks at how Bentley’s geotechnical engineering applications overcome such challenges and support your goals within construction