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Geotechnical Engineering Services
8.4 Acres Repave in C-5 at Barbours Cut Terminal 5
Houston, Texas

The proposed improvements include replacement of the existing pavements for 8.4 acres container yard and truck access/return road, underground utilities (trench drain, electrical duct bank and water line), and high-mast lighting along the north access road. The geotechnical scope consists of drilling and sampling geotechnical borings; soil laboratory testing; engineering analyses and recommendations for (a) pavement analyses for jointed reinforced concrete and roller compacted concrete pavement including pavement thicknesses, base course thickness, and subgrade preparation, (b) allowable bearing capacity and soil parameters for lateral load analysis for light pole foundations, (c) installation of underground utilities by open cut method, including loadings on pipes, bedding, lateral earth pressure parameters, trench stability, backfill requirements, and (d) groundwater control guidelines.
Expansion of Staging Yard at Industrial Park East
Houston, Texas

AEC performed geotechnical investigation for the proposed expansion of a staging yard adjacent to the proposed Wharf 33 at the PHA Industrial Park East zone in Houston, Texas. The proposed improvements include: (i) heavy duty reinforced concrete pavement for cranes, forklifts, and heavy trucks at the Staging Yard; (ii) asphalt concrete pavement for Ramp Road 9; (iii) underground utilities including trench drains, storm sewers, and water lines installed by open cut method, and (iv) high-mast light poles. The geotechnical scope consists of drilling and sampling geotechnical borings; soil laboratory testing; engineering analyses and recommendations for (a) Staging Yard heavy duty rigid pavement, including pavement thickness, base course thickness, and subgrade preparation, (b) Ramp Road 9 flexible pavement, including pavement thickness, base course thickness, and subgrade preparation, (c) installation of underground utilities by open cut method, including loadings on pipes, bedding, lateral earth pressure parameters, trench stability, backfill requirements, and allowable bearing capacity for trench drain footings, (d) allowable bearing capacity and soil parameters for lateral load analysis for light pole foundations, (e) the existing onsite soil stockpile for use as select fill, and (f) construction for the rigid and flexible pavement, underground utilities, and light pole foundations.
Repave Terminal 4 Middle Yard at Barbours Cut Terminal
La Porte, Texas

The proposed improvements include: (i) replacement of existing terminal pavement; (ii) installation of underground utilities, such as trench drains, duct banks, storm sewers, and water lines; and (iii) high mast light poles along the northern perimeter of the Terminal 4 middle yard and southern perimeter of the Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 yards. The geotechnical scope consists of drilling and sampling geotechnical borings; soil laboratory testing; engineering analyses and recommendations for (a) pavement analyses for jointed reinforced concrete and roller compacted concrete pavement including pavement thicknesses, base course thickness, and subgrade preparation, (b) allowable bearing capacity and soil parameters for lateral load analysis for light pole foundations, (c) installation of underground utilities by open cut method, including loadings on pipes, bedding, lateral earth pressure parameters, trench stability, backfill requirements, and (d) groundwater control guidelines.

Conceptual Study of Proposed Pelican Island Container Terminal
Galveston, Texas

AEC performed geotechnical investigation for conceptual study of the proposed Pelican Island Container Terminal. The conceptual study include: (i) collecting and evaluating available local geotechnical information from AEC's previous in-house boring logs from projects performed at Pelican Island and Galveston; (ii) reviewing AECOM's drawings "Pelican Island Container Terminal Conceptual Planning Study", and Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation's drawings, "Bayport Terminal Complex", dated October 26, 2009; (iii) analyzing available geotechnical data to develop preliminary allowable compressive loads vs. depth curves for wharf foundation drilled shafts and design soil parameters for drilled shaft bulkheads; (iv) recommending feasible foundations and preliminary allowable bearing capacity curves for structures and buildings at the container terminal; (v) providing preliminary recommendations for the containment facility for dredged material; potential use of geogrids to reduce the slope inclination of containment dikes; discussion of beneficial uses of dredged materials; (vi) Recommending feasible measures, such as preloading with prefabricated vertical drains (wick drains) and geogrids to: (a) improve the dredged soils and weak subgrade soils for the container yard, circulation roads, and railroad; (b) increase allowable bearing capacity of the foundation soils and reduce post construction settlement/differential settlement; (vii) Preliminary pavement thickness design for ground container storage, wheeled container storage, and circulation roads; recommending cost-effective base and subgrade stabilization methods, such as cement-stabilized base and cement plus lime stabilized subgrade; and (viii) Providing preliminary geotechnical recommendations for the wharf foundation construction.

Construction Materials Testing/Inspection Projects
PHA Bayport Phase 3 Entry Gate
Bayport, Texas

AEC performed CTRCCB and RCC mix designs and performed testing on aggregates and cores cut from CTRCCB and RCC. Services provided for Rollcon, LLC.
New Industrial Restroom Building at Wharves 24/ 25 at Turning Basin (File No. 2012-0291)
Houston, Texas

AEC provided materials testing for a new industrial restroom building which included pavement (subgrade and concrete) repair and concrete slab for restroom.
Revised Port Coordination Center Expansion
Houston, Texas

Approximately 4320 sf of modular building area and 557 sf of framed area was added inside the warehouse adjacent to the Port Police Facility at the North Turning Basin Terminal. AEC performed testing on concrete for the building piers, slab on grade and grade beams, slab for the ramp and density testing of subgrade for the building and ramp. Visual welding of structural steel was also performed.
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