Geotechnical site investigations - nearshore

For nearshore projects, our marine plant and equipment enables Fugro to offer a range of drilling, testing and installation work in a safe and efficient manner. Capable of operating from high water level to water depths of around 40 metres, our jack-up platforms can be mobilised to almost any coastal location.

With a proven track record of deploying in seas, rivers and lakes worldwide we can undertake a wide range of in situ and laboratory-based nearshore site investigation. Capability includes:

  • Soil and rock drilling – boring and coring
  • Deep drilling
  • Wireline logging
  • Cone penetration testing (CPT)
  • Alluvial sampling
  • Remote seabed sampling
  • Instrumentation installation
  • Shallow transition zone surveys bridging the data gap between land and water

At our extensive in-house facilities we have designed and built most of our nearshore jack-up platforms. Smaller jack-ups can be transported by road or container ships and are readily mobilised when they arrive at your site. Our fleet also includes self-propelled jack-ups that can be quickly moved between project locations.

In-house jack-up capability

We build and operate all their own equipment, which includes a large range of jack-up platforms. Our modular jack-up platforms are designed to be fully containerisable which allows them to be easily mobilised worldwide, providing flexible and efficient solutions to a multitude of clients. We also own non-modular jack-up barges which require towage to location, one of which has onboard accommodation.

Where your project calls for soil tests and core photography and description we include a laboratory container which is accommodated on the jack-up platform, whilst our larger jack-ups include offshore accommodation for crew.

We have experience in a diverse range of applications including renewables, ports and harbours, bridges, tunnels, mining and nuclear projects.

Our marine plant is ready to be mobilised for a range of site investigation methods including:

  • Soil and rock drilling
  • Cone penetration testing (CPT)
  • Wireline logging
  • Other in situ testing
  • Instrumentation installation

Nearshore drilling

For downhole testing and sampling, rock coring, using wireline tools and PS logging we will mobilise drill rig spreads. We undertake offshore marine drilling from jack-ups in water depths ranging from 0 to 40 metres and borehole depths beyond 300 metres. Jack-ups provide a "stationary" drill string in relation to the seabed and the latest technology assures optimal operational safety whilst maximising sample/data quality and performance. The drills and jack-ups are designed for easy transportation or shipping worldwide.

Applications include:

  • Scientific/stratigraphic coring
  • Geotechnical site investigations for nearshore developments
  • Mining and mineral exploration

We perform geotechnical site investigations in almost any nearshore zone using specialist marine equipment, tools and expertise. At a very early stage we will review conditions and consider the HSE factors at your project site, using your data or our own, and we’ll undertake detailed risk assessments. This will determine our selection of marine plant, drilling and in situ testing equipment.

Our smaller rigs are modular and can be transported by road or container ship enabling fast, cost-effective mobilisation.

We offer:

  • Extensive range of in-house rigs and vessels
  • A fleet of modular and monohull platforms including the WaveWalker 1 which can be used for specialist exposed coastlines and surf zone environments
  • Expert geotechnical and vessel crews
  • Skilled staff available worldwide
  • Independent environmental risk assessments
  • Full investigations ranging from desk top studies to field work and final reporting

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