O-Cell Load testing of large-diameter single-drilled shaft foundations for the REM project in Montreal

By Riad Diab, Louis D’Amours, and Malek Bouteldja, SNC-Lavalin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Edited by William F. “Bubba” Knight, Fugro Loadtest, Gainesville, FL. Introduction The Réseau Électrique Métropolitain (REM), a $6.5 billion design-build project, is being constructed by a Joint Venture comprised of SNC Lavalin, Dragados Canada, Group Aecon Quebec, Pomerleau,…

Pile Dynamics, Inc. Introduces the Shaft Area Profile Evaluator (SHAPE)

Drilled shafts are rarely ideal cylinders, and irregularities in the shaft construction can affect shaft performance. PDI’s Shaft Area Profile Evaluator (SHAPE) offers quality control of shaft radius, volume, and verticality. SHAPE is a cost-effective quality assurance testing device used for deep foundations such as drilled shafts, bored piles, slurry…

Visions of the Emirates: when the superlative becomes reality

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, dominates the town at a height of 828 metres and is a symbol of the building boom in the Emirates. To the west of Palm Jumeirah, the artificial island in the shape of a palm tree, the new port with a size of…

Eglinton Crosstown: A new step in Toronto’s subway system

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT (light rail transit) Line project, the cornerstone of the overall C$8.4 billion investment, was announced in 2007 as part of the Transit City plan, which included the development and implementation of six other light rail lines across Toronto. The Eglinton Crosstown project is a 19 kilometres…