Civil Engineering

Unlike many other materials, metals in particular, and to a certain extent wood and concrete, soil does not demonstrate any linear behaviour at all under increased tension. For instance, when soil is compressed it becomes increasingly stiffer. In contrast to this, whenever there is angular distortion soil becomes increasingly soft, which could cause it to collapse. In addition these changes often cause changes in volume. However, when soil is saturated with water, this counteracts the change in volume, which can result in a considerable increase in the pressure of the pore water. 

Moreover, when digging in the ground, depending on location and depth, one will very often end up below groundwater level. In order to carry out the work in the dry and ensure the stability of the excavation, an artificial decrease in the groundwater level will be necessary.   

BMNED has many years of experience and has acquired specialist knowledge in providing geotechnical advice. Some examples:

  • Advising on, designing and calculating of foundation constructions, both shallow foundations and piled foundations;
  • Advising on, designing and calculating of ground (water) retaining constructions;
  • Advising on, designing and calculating of (return) drainage and infiltration systems;
  • Performing settlement analyses as a result of preloading and/or groundwater extractions;
  • Calculating the settlement and deformation behaviour of constructions;
  • Carrying out stability studies of temporary and/or permanent slopes, roads, and/or dikes;
  • Performing vibration forecasting worth due to pile driving activities.

For further information or quotation without commitment please contact us. We will be more than happy to help.