Iconic project : Nice airport, France

Deepest dynamic compaction application (27 m, 4,000 tm energy) on the Nice airport, France project

The ‘giga-machine’ was designed and custom-built for this site

The challenge was to compact 20,000,000 m³ of land reclamation while maintaining air traffic. The ‘giga-machine’ was designed and custom-built for this job. The machine itself sets a record with 168 wheels and 7 km of hydraulic hoses. The 200 ton pounder was assembled with the aid of 600 kg nut screws tightened by a bulldozer. After 3 drops, the pounder made a 70 m³ crater, needing 7 truckloads to fill it.


The Menard group develops foundation solutions based on ground improvement and reinforcement technologies. Its treatments eliminate the need for the deep foundations traditionally used to support surface structures.

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