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Glasson Dock Slabs Get Geobear Solution to Support Increased Traffic

Posted: Friday 13th April 2018

Geobear, the world's leading contractor in geopolymer technology for ground engineering, has successfully completed works to stabilise and improve the soils below the concrete slabs at the fast growing and busy Glasson Dock, Lancashire, without interruption to operations.

Since the dock's development back in 1787, much of the area had been backfilled with a variety of materials, including greenheart timbers, which is inadequate for the area now subject to increased trafficking, as well as greater loads from modern haulage. Consequently, the concrete slabs had sunk across the site, requiring Geobear to stabilise the ground, lift the slabs, but without affecting the day-to-day operations of the freight yard.

Geobear was recommended to the dock owners by Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers R.G. Parkin & Partners, and its solution was to inject its specialist geopolymer material below the concrete slabs at specific points across the site to depth, which acted to stabilise the ground and bring about the necessary slab lifting. Work took just one-day to complete, with little or no disruption to the normal operation of the busy dock site.

Speaking about the project Richard Holmes, Managing Director, Geobear, said: "Speed and minimal disruption was key to the success of this project, which is where Geobear's solutions excel. Taking just one-day to complete, the Geobear solution was a vastly more efficient and cost-effective solution over the only possible alternative of utilising a full breakout system and replacement, which would have taken weeks and cost many times more."

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