Fugro lends geotechnical expertise to landmark bridge project in Canada

TYlin D'Orleans bridge


21 May 2024


Walnut Creek, California, USA

Fugro has secured a contract with TYLin to provide geotechnical interpretation and consulting services for the detailed design phase of the Île d’Orléans Bridge project in Québec, Canada. TYLin leads the engineering efforts for the project, which was recently awarded to Groupe Héritage Île d’Orléans (GHIO), a collaboration between Dragados Canada, Inc. and EBC.

The new cable-stayed bridge, spanning approximately 2 km across the St. Lawrence River, will replace the original 1935 suspension bridge to improve transportation for residents and businesses. Fugro’s expertise will be instrumental to designing the bridge’s foundation, a critical step in achieving the desired balance between innovation, aesthetics and sustainability.

As the lead geotechnical engineer, Fugro will draw upon their 30-year track record in integrated site characterisation and foundation engineering to interpret project Geo-data, evaluate key geohazards and optimise the bridge’s foundation design. This will include using advanced techniques like non‑linear numerical analyses to assess the bridge’s performance in earthquakes and the internationally recognised Osterberg-Cell® (O-Cell®) technology for foundation load testing.

The Île d’Orléans Bridge contract builds on Fugro’s proven partnership with TYLin on major Québec infrastructure projects. Other experience includes work on TYLin’s award-winning Samuel De Champlain Bridge, and ongoing support for their Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge design.

“We’re proud to contribute to TYLin’s bridge design legacy in Québec with this latest award,” said Thaleia Travasarou, Fugro’s Regional Technical Director for Land Site Characterisation. “Our approach to ground risk management will help deliver efficient geotechnical designs for this project and ensure a safe, cost-effective and resilient project that honours the bridge’s cultural significance as a vital link for both communities and commerce.”

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