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Final report on Contract No 7210-SA/841, 526, 133, 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1999.

The overall objective of the SIPDIS project was to develop a cost-effective and reliable field investigation system that provides site specific guidance on the optimum installation procedure for steel sheet piles, taking account of both driveability and induced ground vibrations. Its three main aims were:
- Improved theoretical understanding regarding penetration resistance and vibration propagation during the installation of steel sheet plates.
- The development of new field investigation tools, including special probes and monitoring systems, aimed at determining the most efficient installation procedures for various ground conditions.
- To assess available computer prediction programmes and develop add-ons to this software in order to give greater focus to the installation of steel sheet piles.

Two new soil investigation probes (Vibratory and Impact driving Probe - VIP, and JEtting Probe - JEP) were designed for specific application to steel sheet piles, and were developed to the prototype stage. Tests on the performance of the probes involved a great variety of driving techniques and sheet pile arrangements. Two new software codes were developed: SIPDIS-Pile can be used to assess driveability, and SIPDIS-Wave is designed for the prediction of vibration propagation.

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Authors: MARTIN D M, Corus UK Ltd, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20334 EN (2002), pp.192. Euro: 29.50
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20334-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents. URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3663-8
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