A specialist foundation engineering contractor, FCG will begin work on Germany Island, the first of the six islands to be developed in the luxury holiday project which attracted worldwide attention when it was announced in December 2009.
Construction will begin with soil testing followed by improvement of the in situ sand of the island, an engineering procedure undertaken to prevent subsidence, increase the overall bearing capacity and ensure the future stability of the island.
The soil improvement operation, called “vibro-compaction”, involves the use of electric depth vibrators that mechanically agitate and lock the sand particles together down to seabed level (a depth of 18 – 20 metres), to ensure that all construction on the island is stable and sound. The technique is recognized internationally and is a standard procedure in the densification of reclaimed land.
“Vibro-compaction will enable the islands to meet or exceed the demands of static effects (bearing capacity or settlement) and dynamic effects (liquefaction, in the unlikely case of an earthquake),” said Francisco Baez, Technical Manager at FCG. “This intensive process, once completed, will result in the increased stability of The Heart of Europe islands and in superior condition to naturally formed islands.”
FCG aims to complete ground settlement works by May 2010 after which Kleindienst Group will commence building its 20 private holiday villas. The villas are scheduled for completion in 2011.
Josef Kleindienst, Chief Executive of the Kleindienst Group said: “The Heart of Europe project is about to commence the most critical phase of ground works to ensure the lifetime stability of our islands. We are pleased to be working with a group of geotechnical engineers that have vast experience in stabilising the foundations of reclaimed land.”
An international company with subsidiaries around the world, the FCG team has been involved in many similar projects. Major projects in the UAE include contracts for manmade islands for the Al Souwah and Eco islands in Abu Dhabi.
Since The Heart of Europe launched in December Kleindienst Group has sold 11 villas on Germany Island.
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