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See detailMechanical approach for the characterization of loess deposits from the CBR’s Romont quarry (Eben-Emael, Belgium) and correlations with loess stratigraphy
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 01)

Aeolian silts (loess) are near surface deposits covering about 10% of the continent surfaces . Therefore a good knowledge of their mechanical behavior is an issue for designing subsurface engineering ... [more ▼]

Aeolian silts (loess) are near surface deposits covering about 10% of the continent surfaces . Therefore a good knowledge of their mechanical behavior is an issue for designing subsurface engineering structures. Usually this material is considered as homogeneous for an engineering point of view. Aeolian silt deposits are continuously well developed in Hesbaye Region (Belgium) reaching locally 20m thick (see document in attachment). They are mainly related to the last interglacial (Eemian) and glacial (Weichselian) periods . Nevertheless the pedostratigraphical, chronostratigraphical and paleoclimatic approaches have shown these silt deposits are usually composed of a series of paleosoils (i.e. Rocourt soil, Humiferous Complex of Remicourt, Harmignies Soil, Nagelbeek Tongued Horizon) interbedded with stratified or homogeneous aeolian silt layers. This study aims to characterize the variability of the in situ mechanical characteristics of the loess deposits from Hesbaye Region at the site scale and at the laboratory scale. Cone penetration tests (CPT), electrical resistivity tomographies (ERT) and drillings have been performed through a 10m thick loess layer in an investigation site located close to the CBR’s Romont quarry (Eben-Emael, Belgium) . Continuous undisturbed silt samples from drillings have been physically (granulometry, Atterberg limits, water content, organic matter content, carbonate content) and mechanically (oedometer test, triaxial test) characterized at the laboratory. Mechanical behavior and physical characteristics have underlined a series of layers with variable mechanical properties through depth. Some of these layers correlated with a detailed stratigraphy cross-section close to the investigation site could correspond to well-known paleosoils. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthèse des données gétechniques nécessaires à l'étude de la stabilité de six terrils à risque en région liégeoise
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Report (2015)

Dans le cadre d’un recensement des terrils situés en Région wallonne et pouvant présenter des risques de stabilité sur le court et le long terme, l’ISSeP a chargé le Laboratoire de Géotechnologies de ... [more ▼]

Dans le cadre d’un recensement des terrils situés en Région wallonne et pouvant présenter des risques de stabilité sur le court et le long terme, l’ISSeP a chargé le Laboratoire de Géotechnologies de l’Université de Liège, représenté par Ir. F. COLLIN et S. DELVOIE, de réaliser une étude géotechnique préliminaire. Les objectifs de ce travail sont tout d’abord de recenser les informations disponibles sur le sous-sol aux environs immédiats des terrils. Les données recueillies sont ensuite exploitées par des outils informatiques SIG et seront par la suite utilisées dans l’évaluation du risque d’instabilité, réalisée par l’ISSeP. Ce travail documentaire est également complété par une inspection sur le terrain de chaque terril étudié. Les terrils faisant partie de l’étude géotechnique sont repris dans la liste ci-dessous : - L60 – Petite Bacnure - L53 – Gosson 2 - L39 – Bonne Espérance et Bonne Fortune - L46 – Xhorre - L41 – Espérance 3 - L55 – Horloz [less ▲]

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See detailFractured bedrock investigation by using high-resolution borehole images and the Distributed Temperature Sensing technique
Radioti, Georgia ULg; Delvoie, Simon ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in ISRM Congress 2015 Proceedings - Int’l Symposium on Rock Mechanics (2015, May)

In order to investigate the fracturing of the bedrock and its possible heterogeneous distribution in situ, four boreholes equipped with double-U geothermal pipes of 100 m long were installed on the campus ... [more ▼]

In order to investigate the fracturing of the bedrock and its possible heterogeneous distribution in situ, four boreholes equipped with double-U geothermal pipes of 100 m long were installed on the campus of the University of Liege (Liege, Belgium) over a surface area of 32 m². The bedrock, which starts at a depth approximately of 8 m, is quite fractured and consists mainly of siltstone and shale interbedded with sandstone. Different geophysical methods are applied at two different phases, after drilling the boreholes and after injecting the grouting material. The first approach consists in lowering an ultrasonic borehole imager (borehole televiewer; Zemanek, Glenn, Norton, & Caldwell, 1970), an instrument that acts as an ultrasonic transducer and receiver, into the boreholes to obtain high-resolution, continuous images with 360° coverage of the local geology and fracturing. Moreover gamma-ray logs of the four boreholes are obtained and inclinometry is conducted. After drilling the boreholes fiber optic cables are attached along the pipe loops and the double-U pipes are installed inside the boreholes. Then the grouting material is injected. The second approach consists in measuring the temperature along the fibers by applying the Distributed Temperature Sensing technique (Soto, Sahu, Faralli, Bolognini, Di Pasquale, Nebendahl, & Rueck, 2007). A laser pulse is injected into the optical fiber and the temperature along the fiber is determined by the intensity of Raman stokes and anti-stokes reemitted signals. Temperature evolution is measured during hardening of the grouting material. Local maxima of the temperature curve are probably due to a local lower thermal conductivity and/or a local larger quantity of grouting material due to gathering of fractures. A detailed fracture characterisation (position, opening, orientation, dip angle) is obtained based on the acoustic signal travel time and amplitude. The fractures are characterised by the same dipping and orientation but significantly vary in number and location in the four boreholes, despite the close distance between them. Gamma-ray data and observation of the cuttings during drilling result in rock identification through depth as well as in determination of the layer dipping. The inclination of the four boreholes tends to be perpendicular to the dipping. The combination of the two geophysical methods as presented provides information useful for the hydro-thermo-mechanical behaviour of the bedrock. The contribution of the thermal behaviour of borehole heat exchangers to bedrock investigation will be further studied by conducting Distributed Thermal Response tests (Fujii, Okubo, & Itoi, 2006). During the tests we will measure the temperature variation thanks to the installed fiber optics. These data will allow us to correlate any anisotropic thermal behaviour to the geological characteristics. The available information could be used for a detailed numerical model. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude géologique et géophysique en vue de la construction d'un bassin d'orage à Jupille, rue de Beyne
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Report (2014)

Une série de profils de résistivité électrique ont été réalisés en vue de repérer d'éventuels puits de mine au sein du bedrock houiller.

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See detailEtude géologique et géophysique en terrain karstique du projet de lotissement à Heusy, avenue du Chêne
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Report (2014)

Une série de profils de résistivité électrique ont été réalisés afin de préciser la délimitation des terrains carbonatés (Formation de Nèvremont) et de repérer d'éventuels édifices karstiques.

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See detailStation de pompage de Jemeppe-sur-Meuse : suivi de forages et rapport de synthèse
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Report (2014)

Suivi et analyse de neuf forages carottés réalisés à Jemeppe-sur-Meuse au sein de roches houillères. Les forages atteignent des cotes entre +35,00 et +31,00 m.

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See detailEtude géologique en vue de la réfection et démolition partielle d'un mur de soutènement, gare de Dinant
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Report (2013)

Réalisation de trois forages carottés verticaux et 6 forages carottés horizontaux afin de déterminer l'épaisseur de sédiments meubles en tête de paroi, le type de roche en présence et son état de ... [more ▼]

Réalisation de trois forages carottés verticaux et 6 forages carottés horizontaux afin de déterminer l'épaisseur de sédiments meubles en tête de paroi, le type de roche en présence et son état de fracturation, ainsi que la présence de vides en arrière du mur de soutènement. Cette analyse a pour objectif de proposer un avis sur la stabilité du massif en arrière du mur de soutènement en vue de sa réfection et de sa démolition partielle. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude détaillée de la stabilité d'une paroi rocheuse située à Couillet
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Schroeder, Christian; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Report (2012)

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See detailEngineering geological mapping in Wallonia (Belgium) : present state and recent computerized approach
Delvoie, Simon ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg; Ruthy, Ingrid ULg et al

Poster (2012, April)

An engineering geological map can be defined as a geological map with a generalized representation of all the components of a geological environment which are strongly required for spatial planning ... [more ▼]

An engineering geological map can be defined as a geological map with a generalized representation of all the components of a geological environment which are strongly required for spatial planning, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering buildings. In Wallonia (Belgium) 24 engineering geological maps have been developed between the 70s and the 90s at 1/5,000 or 1/10,000 scale covering some areas of the most industrialized and urbanized cities (Liège, Charleroi and Mons). They were based on soil and subsoil data point (boring, drilling, penetration test, geophysical test, outcrop. . . ). Some displayed data present the depth (with isoheights) or the thickness (with isopachs) of the different subsoil layers up to about 50 m depth. Information about geomechanical properties of each subsoil layer,useful for engineers and urban planners, is also synthesized. However, these maps were built up only on paper and progressively needed to be updated with new soil and subsoil data. The Public Service of Wallonia and the University of Liège have recently initiated a study to evaluate the feasibility to develop engineering geological mapping with a computerized approach. Numerous and various data (about soil and subsoil) are stored into a georelational database (the geotechnical database – using Access, Microsoft®). All the data are geographically referenced. The database is linked to a GIS project (using ArcGIS, ESRI®). Both the database and GIS project consist of a powerful tool for spatial data management and analysis. This approach involves a methodology using interpolation methods to update the previous maps and to extent the coverage to new areas. The location (x, y, z) of each subsoil layer is then computed from data point. The geomechanical data of these layers are synthesized in an explanatory booklet joined to maps. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk assessment of soil compaction in Walloon Region (Belgium)
Rosiere, Charlotte ULg; Delvoie, Simon ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 07)

The proposed Soil Framework Directive COM(2006)232 requires Member States to identify areas at risk of erosion, decline in organic matter, salinisation, compaction, sealing and landslides, as well as to ... [more ▼]

The proposed Soil Framework Directive COM(2006)232 requires Member States to identify areas at risk of erosion, decline in organic matter, salinisation, compaction, sealing and landslides, as well as to set up an inventory of contaminated sites. The present project aims to identify the susceptibility to compaction of soils of the Walloon Region (Belgium) and to recommend good farming practices avoiding soil compaction as far as possible. Within this scope, the concept of precompression stress (Pc) (Horn and Fleige, 2003) was used. Pc is defined as the maximum major principal stress that a soil horizon can withstand against any applied external vertical stress. If applied stress is higher than Pc, the soil enters in a plastic state, not easily reversible. For a given soil, the intensity of soil compaction is mainly due to the applied load which depends on vehicle characteristics (axle load, tyre dimensions, tyre inflation pressure, and vehicle velocity). To determine soil precompression stress, pedotransfert functions of Lebert and Horn (1991) defined at two water suctions (pF 1.8 and 2.5) were used. Parameters required by these functions were found within several databases (Aardewerk and Digital Map of Walloon Soils) and literature. The validation of Pc was performed by measuring stress-strain relationships using automatic oedometers. Stresses of 15.6, 31, 3, 62.5, 125, 250, 500 and 1000 kPa were applied for 10 min each. In this study, the compaction due to beet harvesters was considered because the axle load can exceed 10 tons and these machines are often used during wet conditions. The compaction at two depth levels was considered: 30 and 50 cm. Compaction of topsoil was not taken into account because, under conventional tillage, the plough depth is lower than 25 cm. Before and after the passage of the machines, following measurements were performed: granulometry, density, soil moisture, pF curve, Atterberg limits, ... The software Soilflex (Keller et al., 2007) was used to estimate the distribution of the vertical stresses sigma z in the soil. Comparison was performed between sigma z and Pc. The following data simulated the passage of a beet harvester machine (mass: 23 580 kg; load: 18 000 kg) in a silty soil located in Hesbaye and classified as Aba (Sirjacobs et al., 2000). The passage of the machine would create a Pc of around 100 kPa at 30 cm depth, while the stress induced by the machine would reach 240 kPa. In the field borders, where more vehicle traffic was usually observed and where the soil was over consolidated, Pc would reach 180 kPa, while sigma z would be 220 kPa. In both cases, the risk of compaction created by the passage of the machine would be high. [less ▲]

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