The foundation options assessment included an evaluation of collapse potential, dissolution and sulphate attack in the near-surface gypsiferous soils. Assessments of bearing capacities and settlements were provided, along with strategies to mitigate such settlements beneath highly sensitive structures.
ESP have been involved in a number of proposed oil field developments on virgin sites across southern Iraq and Kurdistan. Initially we undertook a desk study review for each of the sites, identifying the potential ground hazards, followed by a specification for a recommended intrusive investigation.
The investigations were undertaken by local Iraqi companies and the results were provided to ESP to evaluate and provide design advice for the UK Contractor.
- Identification of potential geotechnical hazards in desert environments.
- Preparation of bespoke specification for intrusive investigation.
- Assessment of investigation report (completed by local contractors).
- Provision of foundation design advice for oil tanks, pipelines and plant roads.