What are the applications of jet grouting?

Jet grouting is effective in reducing groundwater seepage into underground structures and can also be used for underpinning. As one of America’s leading jet grouting contractors, we are specialists in creating cement stabilized soil for groundwater control and foundation support.

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Jet grouting is a procedure for mixing soil with injected cement grout in-situ to create a cement stabilized soil column. With proper quality control, the stabilized soil exhibits increased strength and decreased permeability. These modified properties allow the stabilized soil to be used as an engineered product for foundation support and groundwater control. Underpinning of existing structures and cutoff walls for excavation support are two typical applications.

Jet grouting involves the drilling or jetting of a small diameter pipe, typically around 4 inches in diameter, to the bottom of the desired treatment depth. Once that depth is reached, a neat cement grout is injected under high pressure, typically around 6,000 psi, through ports at the bottom end of the drill pipe as the pipe is rotated and withdrawn to create a circular column of treated soil. The rate of withdraw can be varied to increase or decrease the diameter of the jet grout columns. These columns are located as required for vertical support or overlapped to create a wall or barrier to the horizontal movement of weak soil and groundwater.

Jet grouting is particularly effective when the subsurface to be treated contains existing utilities or other buried obstructions since the small diameter pipe can fit between them and create a larger diameter column in the soil below.

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Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis

Schnabel used jet grout columns as underpinning and excavation support for the construction of an addition to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The jet grout columns eliminated the need for timber lagging and prevented the loss of sand during the 21-foot-deep excavation.

J Avenue Water Treatment Plant

Schnabel installed 67 jet grout columns to support the expansion of the J Avenue water treatment plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This project which required an excavation adjacent to an existing structure. The continuous wall of jet grout columns was successful in retaining the soil and water behind the wall and no measurable settlement of the tank structure occurred.

The Minneapolis Children’s Hospital project was Schnabel’s first application of jet grouting to underpin an existing structure in lieu of traditional hand-dug underpinning pits. The project team was very pleased with the performance of the jet grout underpinning system.

Chuck Conlon, P.E., Children's Hospital of Minneapolis


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