TenCate Geosynthetics

Project Details

Fabric 1

Mirafi® H2Ri
Producer/Manufacturer: TenCate Geosynthetics
Primary Use: Main Fabric

Fabric 2

Mirafi® BXG110
Producer/Manufacturer: TenCate Geosynthetics
Primary Use: Secondary Fabric

Engineer Name 1
Freddy Sanchez Leal

Design Name
Freddy Sanchez Leal

Subcontractor Name
Rya Construcciones

Project Manager Name
Fabian Rangel

Installation Company
G&G Geomembranas y Geosintéticos

Please describe the project specifications

APM Terminals (owner of the terminal) had to re-build 40,000 sq yds of platforms and roads that presented bearing capacity failures and capillary rise issues during rainy events. The pavement and platform structures needed to support four rows of containers (80 tons) on very soft soils. The client needed to increase the bearing capacity, moisture management, and soil stabilization of the platforms and road structures. Due to the saturated subgrade, the movement of the wheel along the pavement was producing a moving pressure wave, which was creating large hydrostatic forces within the structural section, therefore creating excessive settlements along the wheel tracks on the pavement surface and bearing capacity failures. A geosynthetic fabric with wicking capability was the only option within the world of geosynthetics to provide moisture management during the rainy season and create a stable platform.

What is unique or complex about the project?

This project had significant challenges regarding the site conditions. Typically customers were used to solving these problems with traditional solutions where drainage elements and reinforcement elements had to be applied separately. Once the consultant was aware of the technology behind Mirafi® H2Ri, he knew could solve all the challenges in this project with a single material, making the project much more economical and efficient.

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