An extensive test campaign is currently ongoing for the construction of the Oosterweelverbinding in Antwerp. Together with BAM, the company Denys and BBRI, our division is examining the characteristics of the soil to a great depth. Vibration and piling-driving testing have already been completed. The monitoring of a test excavation to 25 metres depth is nearly finished. The results will be reported after a thorough analyses.
Within the dikes knowledge group the Geotechnics Division, in cooperation with the Hydraulics Laboratory, is working on the professionalization of dike management in Flanders.
The failure behaviour of the dikes is further explored and innovative dike monitoring techniques are tested. Together with the dike managers agreements are concluded concerning the structuring and management of all relevant dike data, etc.
Furthermore, dike meeting days are organized at which the latest state of current research topics are explained to the different dike managers.