As a frontrunner in the industry of soil mixing contractors, Schnabel recognizes the importance of comprehensive soil mixing in establishing robust earth-retention structures. When executed accurately, this process generates a substantive soilcrete blend that displays enhanced solidity and minimized permeability.
Soil mixing is frequently employed in the construction of earth-retaining structures, particularly when a groundwater cut-off is necessary. In typically scenario, Schnabel creates a continuous groundwater cut-off wall by drilling a series of overlapping soilcrete columns.
To empower the mix with additional strength, steel piles are often incorporated into the soilcrete while it is still in a wet state. This fortification enables the treated ground to bridge between the respective piles. A soil mix wall’s reduced permeability provides a relatively dry environment for the excavation to proceed, with minimal drawdown of the surrounding water table.
In scenarios where excavation isn’t required, soil mixing still proves effective in creating an impermeable underground barrier. This technique is crucial for reducing seepage through dams or containing contaminated groundwater. In addition to these applications, soil mixing shines in the fortification of foundational soils – enhancing their overall strength and lowering the tendency towards liquefaction during seismic events.