History

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1954

Invention of the pressuremeter

In 1954, Louis Ménard, a student at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, set himself the goal of devising a single test to measure the ultimate pressure of the soil and its deformation modulus in order to calculate its bearing capacity and settlement. He developed and filed a patent for the device that was to revolutionise geotechnical work: the pressuremeter. In 1957, he set up the “Les Pressiomètres Ménard” company to market his invention, which rapidly and successfully came into use.

1957

Creation of the company "Les pressiomètres Menard"

In 1957, Louis Menard simultaneously worked on the marketing of his invention, setting up a company called "Les pressiomètres Menard" (Menard pressuremeters). Success was quick to follow and he soon had four licensees using his devices. He also convinced the French Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées (Central Civil Engineering Laboratory) to use his equipment.

1959

International development of the pressuremeter

Exported to Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Canada and Brazil

1962

Launch of the "Sols-Soils" journal & reorganisation of the company

Ever anxious to share his knowledge of the use of the pressuremeter, Louis Ménard launched the bilingual journal "Sols-Soils", with Michel Gambin as editor in chief. This highly technical quarterly publication was initially distributed within the network of licensees but was soon put on general sale.

In the same year, Louis Ménard split the company in two, with "Les techniques Louis Ménard" (Louis Ménard tehcnologies) on the one hand and "Les études pressiométriques Louis Ménard" (Louis Ménard pressure measuring) on the other. This reorganisation gave him the opportunity to develop new products and really establish himself as an entrepreneur, always setting himself apart from his competitors by including structural design and ground improvement follow-up in his offers.

1968

Invention of dynamic compaction for sandy soils

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1969

First application of dynamic compaction technique

Residential resort in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France

1975

Development of dynamic replacement for clayey soils

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1977

First major contract outside France

Stabilisation of the second runway of the Changi airport, Singapore and first 43 m deep vertical drain

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1978

Deepest dynamic compaction application (27 m, 4,000 tm energy)

Nice airport, France

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1978

Death of Louis Ménard

1987

Development of Menard Soltraitement

1987 marked a further turning-point in the history of the company, becoming independent once more, when it was sold by its shareholder and taken over by two company managers, Jean-Marie Cognon and Pierre-Marie Bic. The nama "Menard Soltraitement" was adopted.

1988

Development of Menard Vacuum™ (atmospheric consolidation system) in France

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1989

Full scale 300 t load test on dynamic replacement pillars

Ariane 5 spaceship launch pad in Kourou, French Guyana

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1994

Development of Controlled Modulus Columns

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1998

Largest induced settlement

Jangyoo sewage treatment plant, South Korea

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1999

Integration of Menard into Freyssinet’s group (VINCI)

2001

Ground improvement of 1,600,000 m² of reclaimed platform

Airbus A380 assembly factory in Hamburg, Germany

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2002

Acquisition of DGI (USA)

2006

Deepest barrier wall constructed

Mayfield decontamination project, Australia

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2007

Acquisition of Geopac (Canada)

2008

Largest vibrocompaction project

Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai (UAE)

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2009

Creation of the Soletanche Freyssinet group

2009-2010

12,000,000 m² of dynamic compaction

Kuwait new cities

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2010-2012

Ground improvement under an important road project

South ring road in Gdańsk, Poland

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2011

Deepest vibroflotation for the largest onshore windmill

Lautsitz Ring, Germany

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2011

The Craney Island Eastward Expansion

Craney Island terminal, USA

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2011

Integration of Vibro Services

2012

Largest ground improvement project in France

LNG terminal in Dunkirk

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2012

Acquisition of US Wick Drain (USA)

2014

World depth record for Controlled Modulus Columns

Oil tanks in Raceland, Louisiana-USA

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2016

Integration of REMEA

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