Geotechnical and hydrogeological site investigation in Chile

Geotechnical and hydrogeological site investigation on a beach area with copper tailings in Chile

Posted on 4 February 2016


A drilling campaign of 3 weeks on a beach site with 30 holes up to 15 m depth. Whilst drilling, undisturbed samples have been taken for laboratory testing and in-situ SPT testing has been performed every 1.5 m.

For a good core recovery and minimizing disturbance of the samples, drilling has been done by Eijkelkamp SonicSampDrill.

Post drilling, monitoring wells have been installed. PVC liner with a sand screen at the bottom and digital diver.

Water level measurements are done automatically by the use of a digital logger.

The monitoring wells including digital logger were supplied by Eijkelkamp Soil & Water Pump/falling head tests are executed on the wells.

Geotechnical and hydrogeological study has been made by the combined forces of the MAREC Consortium of the outcome of the above mentioned drilling campaign.

MAREC is a consortium shaped around three internationally operating consultancies active in the mining sector; Royal Eijkelkamp, IHC Mining and Witteveen+Bos.

Project location

Project partners

  • Stichting Both ENDS
  • Witteveen+Bos