Understanding Pile Foundations Design Through Case Histories of New Tagus Bridge and Leziria Bridge

  • Pedro S. Sêco e PintoEmail author
  • Ricardo Oliveira
  • Alexandre Portugal
Conference paper
Part of the Sustainable Civil Infrastructures book series (SUCI)


In this paper pile foundation design and soil-structure interaction are referred. The ultimate limit states and serviceability limit states are introduced. The potentially liquefiable soils and remedial measures are addressed. Two case studies related with pile design of New Tagus bridge based in pile load tests and the pile design and liquefaction potential evaluation of Leziria bridge foundations are presented. Some conclusions are drawn.



Special thanks are due to GATTEL and NOVAPONTE for the permission to publish the results of New Tagus bridge. It is important to refer the contribution of Virgilio Rebelo and Vicente Rodrigues for geological studies.

For Leziria Tagus River Bridge several construction companies and experts were involved, namely Construction Consortium and Design Group. The studies carried out by them are greatly acknowledged. The contribution of Virgilio Rebelo for geological studies is important to refer.

The field investigations were carried by Geocontrole and LNEC, and the laboratory tests were performed by Geocontrole.

Special thanks are due to TACE and particularly to Mr. Secundino Vilar and also to BRISA for the permission to publish this paper.

It is important to refer the contributions by IST for the static pile tests and also for the dynamic pile tests.

The reception tests for piles were carried out by Geosolve.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro S. Sêco e Pinto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ricardo Oliveira
    • 2
  • Alexandre Portugal
    • 2
  1. 1.National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC)University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.COBA - Engineering and Environmental ConsultantsLisbonPortugal

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