Fugro completes geotechnical soil study for Egypt’s Aswan Dam bridge

Euronext Amsterdam-listed geo-data specialist Fugro has completed a geotechnical site investigation to provide required geo-data for the design and construction of the new bridge over Egypt’s Aswan Dam on the Nile river, with the contract being awarded by The Arab Contractors.

The company deployed a range of wireline techniques and used drilling equipment to drill boreholes in the hard granite rock to collect necessary samples.

The samples were then analysed at Fugro’s IAS-accredited In-Country soils laboratory to provide vital parameters and characteristics to design the bridge.

Egypt’s Aswan is known for its granite that was used by pharaohs to build obelisks, sculptures. and temples. The hardness of the granite makes it difficult to drill and disrupts sampling activities required for accurate site characterisation.

Speaking about the project, business line director for land site characterisation at Fugro, Mohamed Mostafa, said: “This project was located in Aswan city, an area with extremely hard ground conditions that often create technical challenges.”

“Fugro’s drilling experience and capabilities in hard rock layers surmounted these challenges and led to a successful delivery of the site investigation,” he added.

The Aswan Dam bridge will have eight traffic lanes, which will help curb bottlenecks on the existing Aswan Low Dam bridge that was built in 1902.

Last week, the National Authority for Tunnels represented via the Arab Contractors had awarded a geophysical and geotechnical investigation contract for Phase 2 of the Cairo Monorail megaproject to Fugro.

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