Industrial facilities are structures subject to excessive tensile stresses that require the expertise of a design, construction and maintenance specialist to guarantee their stability and durability. VSL offers a diverse range of solutions meeting this requirement, and which can be combined to create bespoke packages or applied as standalone services.

Ground investigation

Ahead of a construction project, it is vital to investigate and assess the ground properties in order to locate faults, groundwater and large fissures with soft infill materials. This information is crucial for a successful project execution as it dictates the choice of methods, the programme, the resources needed and the project costs. Ground investigation is especially important to guarantee solid foundations of structures subject to high loading such as industrial facilities.

Ground improvement

The improvement of ground properties guarantees solid foundations and therefore, improved stability, durability, and increased success of construction works. Ground improvement also reduces the cost of foundation works.

Ground improvement methods include:

• Soil consolidation techniques such as grouting, jet grouting, vibro-compaction, stone columns, soil mixing
• Environmental protection such as slurry walls and curtain grout
• Temporary consolidation such as curtain wall by ground freezing
• Dewatering
• Drainage and preloading to consolidate compressive soils

Deep foundations

By transferring loads deep into the ground to competent soils or rock, these structural elements improve the stability and durability of industrial facilities.

Cut-off walls

Acting as a containing structure, these concrete walls built beneath the surface help preventing from any water movement in the ground to improve ground stability. They also prevent from any ground contamination by containing liquid pollutants.

Horizontal directional drilling

This trenchless technology is used to pass cables (energy, optic fiber, utilities, etc.) underwater or to bypass infrastructure like motorways, avoiding disruption to the surface, or surrounding soil.

“A unique solution which is easier to achieve and less inconvenient for users of surrounding infrastructure.”

VSoL®

VSL Technologies

An invention of VSL Technologies, VSoL® retaining wall system combines a range of flexible and cost-effective solutions, which can support very heavy loads at any stage of construction to provide excavation support and temporary or permanent walls. VSoL® is exceptionally quick to install, leading to significant savings in time and costs over conventional wall systems.

Ground anchors

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A cost-efficient and high-performance technology for projects, such as industrial facilities construction, in need of temporary and permanent stabilisation solutions. Temporary ground anchors offer slope stabilisation during excavation works. As a permanent solution, they ensure stability of the facility by allowing the transfer of the structure’s load into the ground.

Post-tensioning for slab-on-grade

This cost-effective solution is highly suitable for industrial facilities where the main objective is to eliminate most of the joints that are the major weakness in concrete structures. VSL’s system allows a reduction in the number of joints, while offering additional strength and flexibility, increased robustness, abrasion resistance, design flexibility and lower maintenance costs.

Post tensioning

An active structural reinforcement method used to optimise the design of industrial facilities. It allows for design flexibility and an overall improvement of durability. Post-tensioning can also offer significant savings through a reduction of required construction materials and shorter construction time.

Heavy lifting

A range of techniques to handle heavy loads, including lifting, lowering, tilting and sliding, that allow for alternative construction methods compared with standard in-situ or crane. These bespoke techniques are designed to meet each project’s requirements and offer an increased opportunity for creativity, scale and speed of construction.

Seismic protection and vibration control

An active structural reinforcement method used to optimise the design of industrial facilities. It allows for design flexibility and an overall improvement of durability. Post tensioning can also offers significant savings through a reduction of required construction materials and shorter construction time.

A range of dampening solutions optimising structural strength and resistance to seismic and wind loading elements, hence enhancing the durability and safety of industrial facilities.

Monitoring

A monitoring scheme, including the integration of permanent or quasi-permanent sensor systems, which allows the collection and analysis of data to control and anticipate the structural behaviour and stability of an industrial facility, and optimise maintenance and repair interventions.

A range of dampening solutions optimising structural strength and resistance to seismic and wind loading elements, hence enhancing the durability and safety of industrial facilities.

As soon as your industrial facility is built, it is entering a long-term life cycle with evolving needs and continuous preservation, repairs and upgrading obligations.

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