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Case Study

Whyalla Port Expansion

aerial view of port construction

Conducting geotechnical investigations to assess storage shed foundations

The Situation

Advisian undertook a geotechnical brownfield investigation for two proposed iron ore storage sheds, transfer towers and a rail tip pocket located on reclaimed land, with a deep non-engineered fill within the Whyalla Steelworks. 

Our approach

Our consultants reviewed the available geotechnical reports, and conducted intrusive geotechnical site investigations, associated laboratory testing and interpretive reporting.

During the design stage, Advisian undertook a Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis to assess a possible vertical and horizontal deflection of the storage shed’s foundations as a result of pressures induced 


Despite the challenging ground conditions, the work was completed on time and without injury.


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