SH1 BLUE DUCK

Retaining wall strengthening under SH1 with pre-fabricated double corrosion protection ground anchors

Project Overview

 

Because of the 2016 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura Earthquake, many sections of SH1 to the north of Kaikoura were realigned, protected from geohazards, or for structures like the Blue Duck retaining wall, needed remedial strengthening. This section of road curves tightly around the coast with steep cliffs on the other side leaving the only option to construct a piled retaining wall with anchors to strengthen and underpin the road sitting over fractured rock and fill.

During the planning and construction numerous program critical, commercial, and engineering risks were identified or encountered by the delivery team. Geovert added value at this point by driving
practicable solutions and with proactive plans in place to mitigate potential delays from the key challenges to the project.

Geovert Solution

 

The free and bonded length in rock were determined at the completion of the drilling with the anchors then fabricated onsite and allowed to cure before moving in cradles due to the length. Due to the substantial grout loss initially encountered, we moved from temporary to permanent 180mm casing systems to 10.5m deep, with some bores still requiring extensive pre-grouting and re-drilling to pass water tests before installing and grouting the anchors.

 

Concrete trucks were used to supply flow-able fill and a bentonite slurry was also used for larger voids. The fabrication of the anchors was on a scaffold frame to enable pre-grouting of the 18.5m long B40 Freyssinet bar anchors. Installation was completed using specially manufactured cradles suspended from a crane over the edge of the road to prevent cracking. Each of the anchors were tested to 913kN before being locked off for the capping beams to be poured and the SH1 to be reopened to two lanes.

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Australia Headquarters

Block B, Level 1, 

Suite 8 / 247 King St,

Mascot, NSW 2020, 

Australia

+61 (2) 9700 7975

New Zealand Headquarters

15 Kaimahi Rd
Wairau Valley
North Shore 0627

+64 9 837 7808

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Denver, CO 80211
United States

+1 720 452 1191

Singapore Headquarters

80 Robinson Road, #02-00
Singapore 068898

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Asset Integrity Maintenance 

Capabilities:

Blasting and Painting

Bridge Maintenance

Certified Fall Arrest Anchor Systems

Concrete Condition Inspections

Concrete Repair and Crack Injections

Condition Surveys

Confined Space

Corrosion Management

Fabrication and Welding

Industrial Cleaning and Water Blasting

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Plant Shutdowns

Protective Coatings and Waterproofing

Refractory Maintenance

Rope Access

Rigging and Heavy Lifting

Seismic and Structural Strengthening

Temporary Access Platforms

Avalanche Protection

Capabilities:

Avalanche barriers and fences

Avalanche towers

Remote avalanche control systems

Snow avalanche protection systems

Snow netting

Basements & Foundations

Capabilities:

Capping Beams

Ground Anchors

Limited Access Drilling

Micro Piling

Mini Piling

Rock Bolting

Seismic Retrofit

Self Drilled Hollow Bar

Shotcrete

Soil Nails

Temporary Ground Anchors

Timber Pole Walls

Geohazard Mitigation

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Debris Flow Barriers

Design and Build

Devegetation

Drill and Blast

Erosion Control

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rockfall Assessments and Investigation

Rockfall Attenuators

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Shallow Landslide Barriers

Ground Anchors

Capabilities:

Ground Anchor Inspection

Ground Anchor Lift Off Test

Permanent Multistrand Ground Anchors

Platipus Anchors

Post Grouted Ground Anchors

Pregrouted Ground Anchors DCP

Removable Ground Anchors

Restressable Ground Anchors

Self Drilled Hollow Bar Anchors

Temporary Multistrand Ground Anchors

Ground Support

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Bulk Infil Grouting

Cable Bolts

Drill and Blast

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rockfall Assessments and Investigation

Highwall Stabilisation

Longwall Stabilisation

Portal Protection

Rock Bolting

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Retaining Structures

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Design and Build

Drill and Blast

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rock Bolting

Rock Bolting

Rockfall Attenuators

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Rockfall Protection

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Design and Build

Drill and Blast

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rock Bolting

Rock Bolting

Rockfall Attenuators

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Rope Access

Capabilities:

Emergency Response

Geotechnical Instrumentation

Supervised Inspections

Slope Stabilisation

Capabilities:

 

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Devegetation

Erosion Control

Ground Support

Retaining Walls

Rock Bolting

Scaling and Block Removal

Shotcrete

Soil Nails

Tunnelling

Capabilities:

 

Canopy Tubes

Ground Anchors

Injection Grouting

Portal Protection

Rock Bolting

Shotcrete

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