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Optimisation of Predictions for Driven Piles Performance in Carbonate Silts for Offshore Structures in the Arabian Gulf

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The objective of this paper is to bring focus on behavior of carbonate silt layers encountered offshore in the Arabian Gulf interacting with driven pile foundations.

The shallow geology of the Arabian Gulf was subject to complex processes that originated significant heterogeneities in the soil conditions with many different facies that directly affect the foundations of offshore structures. For instance, carbonate soils are quite widely spread in the Arabian Gulf, with a behaviour which is well known to affect the performance of driven pile foundations. The particularity of carbonate silts is not well documented and the industry would provide recommendation for either drained or undrained approaches which are not always representative of the actual behaviour.

As part of this study the authors have reviewed geotechnical and monitoring data from four offshore platforms located in the same field in the Arabian Gulf. Measurements from pile monitoring allow to assess set up of the soil with time which is a very important parameter when assessing pile capacity for driven piles of future platforms or for re-qualification of ageing assets. A closer analysis of the pile monitoring data allowed to better understand the shaft resistance after short setup in the silt layer.

A framework is therefore proposed to support operators and installation contractors. This will aim to better optimise the design of their driven pile foundations for offshore structures according to the soil conditions at both design and life extension stages. Moreover, recommendations are outlined to further reduce uncertainties with prediction of driven pile performances beyond the use of pile monitoring data and geotechnical data.

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Clavaud, R., Delimi, Z.L., Martin, L., Mumtaz, M.B. (2022). Optimisation of Predictions for Driven Piles Performance in Carbonate Silts for Offshore Structures in the Arabian Gulf. In: Huynh, D.V.K., Tang, A.M., Doan, D.H., Watson, P. (eds) Proceedings of the 2nd Vietnam Symposium on Advances in Offshore Engineering. VSOE2021 2021. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 208. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-7735-9_48

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