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Construction ground investigation and construction supervision

Hirsacher, EnnetbĂĽrgen
EnnetbĂĽrgen NW 2016 - 2020

The excavation pit required for the realisation of the Hirsacher development in EnnetbĂĽrgen had impressive dimensions: the excavated slope section was up to 30 m in height and 120 m wide. GEOTEST Ltd was able to contribute extensive expertise in geology and geotechnics to the planning of this ambitious project.

In the Hirsacher area of EnnetbĂĽrgen, a new residential development with 12 apartment buildings is being built. The development extends from the flat valley floor to the very steep slope of BĂĽrgenberg, which required excavation of a section of the rockface that was up to 30 m in height and 120 m wide. In addition, the excavation pit in the valley floor extended below the groundwater level. The plan includes two parking garages under the new buildings on the valley floor, which will provide access to the buildings on the slope via lifts and staircases.

GEOTEST Horw carried out the construction ground investigations in advance of the construction project. With knowledge gained about the layer structure, rock composition and difficult groundwater conditions, GEOTEST answered the relevant geotechnical questions in a report.

This was used as the basis for devising the foundation (piling) and drainage concepts and defining guidelines for the dimensioning of the extensive rock stabilisation.

Preceding the construction project, GEOTEST closely supervised the execution of the challenging rock stabilisation activities. This made it possible to continuously adapt the required safety measures to match the existing rock conditions. Thanks to extensive expertise and excellent cooperation between the specialist planners and the commissioned contractors, the challenging and impressive excavation could be completed.

In the foreground a test pile protrudes from the soft subsurface, while part of the large sectioned rockface is visible in the background.

While rock removal by detonation is continuing (background), the floor is already being concreted (foreground).

The rock conditions are continuously assessed and the safety measures are adjusted accordingly.

Contact person

Thomas Schneggenburger

MSc Erdwissenschaften ETH


+41 41 349 24 63

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