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Foundations tested for Gordie Howe international Bridge

The massive infrastructure project is scheduled for completion by 2024.

February 25, 2021  By CCE

Fugro Gordie Howe International Bridge foundation testing

Photo courtesy Fugro.

Fugro has completed foundation testing for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which is set to provide a new 2.5-km long Canada-U.S. border crossing between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit, Mich., by 2024.

The project’s foundation contractors—GFL Environmental, based in Vaughan, Ont., and Malcolm Drilling, based in San Francisco, Calif.—brought Fugro’s geodata specialists onto the project to confirm its massive foundations would meet the design requirements.

The company combined bidirectional tests and sonar caliper inspections to measure load performance on sacrificial piles on each side of the Detroit River. It also used thermal integrity profiling and cross-hole sonic logging to perform shaft concrete quality evaluations to confirm the structural integrity of the production foundations.

“Our work with the foundation engineering team provided the critical geodata needed to help ensure the safe and efficient transport of people and goods across North America’s busiest border crossing for generations to come,” says Ray Wood, director of land site characterization and consulting for Fugro in the U.S.


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2 Comments » for Foundations tested for Gordie Howe international Bridge
  1. Impressive undertaking – indeed. Structure Health Monitoring (SHM) systems, which incorporate various types of sensors and other components are an important feature in bridge structure construction.

  2. Burk Schmidt says:

    Just wondering … has something been designed into the support cables to prevent ice build-up? Or will we have a repeat experience of what happened on the Port Mann bridge over the Fraser River in the Vancouver area? Occasionally, there is ice build-up. When it starts to melt, it drops onto the cars below causing serious damage & potential for injury. I’m thinking that the probably of getting ice onto the cables is greater in the Windsor-Detroit area than it is in Vancouver. Hopefully, we don’t have to experience this before something is done about it.

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