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Vibrocompaction tames marginal soils in Bahrain

GEOTECHNICAL CONTRACTOR Pennine Vibropiling has installed more than 7500 vibro columns as part of ground improvements for an extension to a coke calcining plant in Bahrain.

The columns were installed to between 7m and 8m depth using conventional vibrocompaction techniques. Ground conditions, which consisted of loose marine silts and sands with some rock fill, meant traditional foundations could not be directly installed.

Working for client Aluminium Bahrain and its consultant Hyder, and in partnership with local contractor Mannai Piling, Pennine came up with an economic and effective ground improvement solution for the marginal soils.

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