A storage building has been constructed in Hässleholm, Sweden. The ground needed stabilization as the geology presented sand and friction soil in different layers above the bedrock.

Wassaras jet grouting hammer made the operation possible as it combines a water-powered W100 DTH hammer with a grouting monitor.

Building on difficult geological conditions

Bergendahl Foods in Skåne, Sweden, is expanding their storage capacity by constructing a new 32 meter high automated storage building in Hässleholm. The storage will have a total area of 4 000 m2 and host up to 18 000 pallets. Decision was made that the concrete floor shall be 1 m thick so it can withstand a load of 10 800 metric tons. The ground conditions required stabilization as the formation above the bedrock consisted of sand and friction soils coming in different layers.

The ground stabilization

A total of 288 columns were needed to stabilize the ground. Since the worksite is surrounded by buildings, vibrations and settlements must be kept at an absolute minimum in order to avoid damage and disturbance.

A decision was made to form jet grouted columns, the only soil stabilization technique that would work equally well in plastic clays as in granular materials, although compressive strengths and load capacity are typically higher in granular materials.

Since the formation included boulders, the drilling sequence must be performed with percussive drilling technique. Pre-drilling with air-powered DTH was not an option as it would require separate rigs for the grouting and drilling processes, and risk ground settlements.

The consultant WSP and the contractor PEAB concluded that the water-powered drilling was the most appropriate technology for this project.

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Equipment used

DTH HammerWassara Jet-grouting hammer W100 JG
Drill bitØ 153 mm
Drilling fluidClean water from public source
Drill tube Duplex drill tube, 114 mm
RigMDT 450
Water pumpWASP 150 Diesel
Jet-grout pumpTecniwell model TW352
Borehole length5.5 meters in average
Scope of drilling1 600 meters
Geologic formationSand, friction soil and rock
Project timeMay-July 2013

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