Project Description

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.

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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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