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How do you optimize a significant expansion to one of Canada’s critical container ports? With a Stantec marine geotechnical investigation

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<p><b>Douglas Graham</b></p> <p>This is Roberts Bank Terminal 2. We're out here doing a marine geotechnical investigation for a new terminal, collecting soil samples and collecting other data associated with the new terminal.</p> <p><b>Henrik Kristianson</b></p> <p>The project itself is pretty much building an island a kilometer and a half long, and about seven hundred meters wide. It's going to be about twelve to fifteen meters of material that needs to be placed over that big area, so it's a lot of fill. After that, it's going to be developed into a container terminal.</p> <p><b>Reid Plasterer</b></p> <p>This barge that we're on currently has the drill rig, which is capable of actually doing the drilling, pushing the cone, but in support of that we also have a crane to help move materials around, and then typically one or two tugboats that move the barge from location to location for us to execute the boreholes.</p> <p>The work we're doing out here is cutting edge. We're pushing the cone to depths that haven't been done in this part of the world before. We're doing advanced testing that hasn't typically been done.</p> <p><b>Henrik</b></p> <p>What we’re doing here is we are supplementing existing information, so there’s an existing design done, we term that one the reference design, and Stantec’s role with our joint venture partner is to take that reference design and get it ready for procurement for design build. And one of the things we’re doing right now is we’re trying to optimize the design. Our client the port may see something like a twenty-fold return on their investment.&nbsp;</p>

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