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Bridges, quay walls, dikes, tunnels, they must be sustainable, economical and safe. This requires an appropriate investigation of the subsoil. The Geotechnics Division (GEO) has the task of investigating the nature and characteristics of the soil and to predict its behaviour. Geotechnical tests and measurements are carried out in the field and in the laboratory to investigate nature, stratification and characteristics of the soil. Our division invests in innovative technologies such as advanced testing and online monitoring.

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"She is so ingenious, the earth. Capable of mobilizing her particles to masses, to operas and symphonies of mud and subsidences and slides, … "

- From “While the gods were sleeping” by Erwin Mortier


GEO is one of the 3 partners of the Database of the subsoil of Flanders (DOV). This project valorizes the geotechnical, geological, geothermal, hydrological and pedological data in Flanders. The data collected on the soil in Flanders are made available free of charge. DOV opts for an open data policy and operates in accordance with Flemish decrees and international agreements. You can find more info at

Databank Ondergrond Vlaanderen


Scheldt quays

In the context of the Antwerp Masterplan, the historic quay walls in Antwerp must be stabilized. In order to draw up the geotechnical dossier, all available geological and geotechnical data were collected. Use was also made of the Subsoil Database Flanders Service (DOV). Based on the archived data, a comprehensive program was prepared for in situ tests, laboratory testing and monitoring in the field. Analysis of the obtained data was used to establish and characterize the ground layer structure.



Bouw van een Nieuwe Sluis in Terneuzen

De bouw van de Nieuwe Sluis in Terneuzen is een uitdagend project dat wordt uitgevoerd binnen
een nauw samenwerkingsverband tussen Nederland en Vlaanderen. In dit artikel wordt
een overzicht gegeven van het grondonderzoek dat in de voorbereidingsfase werd uitgevoerd.
Tevens worden de belangrijkste geotechnische aspecten en risico’s toegelicht, verbonden aan
de specifieke ondergrond in het projectgebied, met name door de aanwezigheid van Boomse
klei en glauconiethoudend zand.

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One-dimensional consolidation of overconsolidated clay using Constant Rate of Strain testing

The main method for the determination of consolidation parameters in Flanders is still the incremental loading test (IL test). This method can take up to several weeks for some typical Flemish overconsolidated (OC) clays. In theory, the same relationship between settlement and vertical stress can be obtained by performing a constant rate of strain test (CRS test).