Fugro Geoconsulting officially opened its newly expanded laboratory testing facilities at its headquarters in Wallingford, Oxfordshire today.
Demand for complex soils testing from the offshore construction industry led to Fugro’s £1M investment, which expands the floor space of the laboratory by 50%.
“We expect demand to grow from the marine renewables sector during the next few years and are now ready to meet expectations,” said Fugro global renewable energy business development manager Tony Hodgson. The company also said that significant growth is expected to come from the offshore renewable energy market.
The newly expanded laboratory features automated equipment supplied by GDS Instruments and includes 12 computer controlled stress path triaxial systems, four cyclic simple shear systems, four cyclic triaxial systems, 10 high pressure incremental oedometer systems and two resonant column systems.
Fugro assistant director of laboratories Roger Brown said: “Unlike onshore ground investigations, there is very little previous knowledge about the ground conditions so testing is essential to ensure the right design parameters are used.”
Hodgson added: “A better understanding of the seabed conditions can result in a more cost-effective foundation design, but the wide choice of foundation options means different types of soil testing are required to determine the design parameters.”