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Software helps with Doha data

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GEOTECHNICAL DATA management and reporting for the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) project in Qatar is being handled by gINT Professional software.

The airport will be the first designed specifi cally to accommodate the Airbus A380-800 Super Jumbo. The fi rst phase of development, due to fi nish in 2008, covers an area of 22km 2. Some 40% of the airport will be built on land reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. Dredging the 60M. m 3 of sand needed for the runway platform will be handled by JVNDIA - a joint venture of Dredging International, Qatar Dredging Company (a subsidiary of Dredging International), Royal Boskalis Westminster and Great Lakes Dredging and Dock Company - with Bechtel overseeing the project.

The geotechnical department of the JV team is using gINT Professional to manage all the geotechnical data for the reclamation works.

This includes results from 100 zone load tests, over 3,000 CPTs and 3000 trial pits with insitu CBR and density testing, as well as laboratory testing including classification tests, proctor, vibratory table and CBR.

Scores of monitoring locations are also planned, including settlement markers, extensometers, rod settlement gauges and standpipes.

gINT software will be used to calculate and validate field, laboratory and monitoring results as works progress and generate reports.

Custom programs designed with the 'gINT Rules' programming tool are also used to calculate all laboratory testing results, CPT, zone load test and monitoring derivations, as well as other field results.

Lead gINT consultant, UK firm Leeke Associates, says that at peak more than 25 personnel will be working on data collection and analysis.

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