GROUND IMPROVEMENT AS ALTERNATIVE TO PILING – EFFECTIVE DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR HEAVILY LOADED STRUCTURES
Well-designed ground improvement options without compromising on stringent design criteria may effectively replace conventional foundation solutions for a wide range of applications involving heavy loads and structures sensitive to settlement. Case studies illustrate the application of different ground improvement methods used in different projects and soil conditions by adopting of advanced design considerations to achieve optimal solutions for the project and customer benefit. Beneficial returns in terms of lowering construction costs and shortening construction time with consistency in quality are discussed where applicable in relation to the required capabilities and experiences of an organisation to deliver the alternatives. Opportunity management gives the chance to achieve the project scopes for the client by optimizing cost, time and quality and recommendations are summarised to foster the chance to identify optimal geotechnical solutions.