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'Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Phase 1 Ground Investigation - Challenges, Geological Model and Geotechnical Design Consideration' by Mr Simon Holt (ATKINS)

'Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Phase 1 Ground Investigation - Challenges, Geological Model and Geotechnical Design Consideration' by Mr Simon Holt (ATKINS)
When Feb 03, 2016
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Pembroke College, Room N7
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Seminar overview

The proposed scheme by Tidal Lagoon (Swansea) plc comprises a 9.5km breakwater embankment up to 20m high, enclosing an 11.5km2 lagoon. The average Spring tide range is 8.5m and this will be harnessed to provide 320MW of electricity to 155,000 homes. In order to provide sufficient information for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and the planning application, a Phase 1 preliminary ground investigation ensured a good understanding of the potential geological and geotechnical risks and provided greater certainty on proposed construction costs. One of the objectives was to determine properties of shallow sediments and assess suitability for hydraulic fill from insitu and laboratory tests.

Holt Swansea Bay

Following a desk study phase and initial geophysical survey, the ground investigation was designed by Atkins Limited; Environmental Scientifics Group was the Principal Contractor for the £0.5M works. A variety of techniques were required, including dynamic sampling in intertidal areas, overwater boreholes from a jackup platform and CPT and vibrocoring from a survey vessel. Geological units were derived based on their origin and geotechnical properties from geotechnical laboratory and insitu testing. The spatial distribution of marine and glacial deposits together with geophysical profiles led to the development of a preliminary geological model. A central ridge of fluvio-glacial sands and gravels divides different marine deposits and large variations in rockhead level are present as a result of glacially incised rock basins.


Short biography

Simon Holt is a Principal Engineering Geologist at Atkins and has over 18 years' experience working in the Ground Engineering sector in the UK and Hong Kong. He previously managed the initial ground investigation phase for the Swansea Bay Tidal lagoon and presented the project at the 2015 European Conference for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Edinburgh. Simon currently manages a team in Croydon providing ground engineering services to the Rail sector including earthworks within the Anglia Region.


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