Schiphol - Amsterdam
Geotechnology literally means knowledge of the relationship between soil condition and building technology. The geotechnology service therefore has two components: the design of geotechnical structures and controlling their effect on the surrounding environment. The design of structures such as construction pits, earth-retaining walls and moisture barriers is based on detailed soil testing. The foundation design is drawn up at the same time, often in conjunction with the structures discipline. This results in the efficient design of often highly original solutions that make the most of the specific qualities of the building and of the soil structure and surrounding environment.
Foundations are only optimum
– technically and financially – if they are integrated into the structural design. Advanced computer models are used to analyse the effect of geotechnical interventions on the environment. This enables prognoses to be made of possible ground deformation, changes of groundwater level and subsidence of adjoining structures.