Improving Construction Quality by Seeing What's Hidden Underground

by Matt Pomfret, Service Manager; American Equipment & Fabricating Corp, Providence, RI,,
Andrea Dellamore, DMS, Instrumentation Business Unit Manager; Soilmec S.p.A. Trevi Group, Cesena, Italy,
Vincent Jue, Vice President; Soilmec North America, Paramount, CA,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2014, Vol. 18, Issue 5, Pg. 56-61

Document Type: Feature article


One of the challenges of deep foundation projects is the inability to see what's being built at depth. Construction is hidden below ground, in soil or rock conditions that are only partially known. To help overcome this inherent handicap, some foundation equipment manufacturers have integrated electronic monitoring control, and visualization systems into their drill rigs to help rig operators see underground.

Subject Headings: Underground construction | Deep foundations | Control systems | Soil properties | Rocks | Project management | Offshore platforms


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