Penetrometric studies in Laos

PANDA® penetrometric testing

Project owner : Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC)

Project manager : EDF CIH

NTPC commissioned Sol Solution to carry out penetrometric tests in an earth dam at the Nam Theun hydroelectric plant in Laos.

In 9 days, 82 PANDA® penetrometric tests were carried out at an average depth of 7 metres in a sandy-clay soil, using a regular, tight grid of 3 lines spaced 2 metres apart (see photo).

The data collected was used to draw resistance profiles revealing the structure’s compactness map. The client was provided with 2D and 3D models.

This project demonstrated Sol Solution’s ability to carry out investigations in a remote country using lightweight equipment adapted to local constraints.

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