Geobear’s Fast Response and Less Invasive Solution Proved the Best Solution for this Sewer and Road Stabilization

The Client

Our client is a large public water and sewer service responsible for serving 4.3 million people with drinking water as well as providing water reclaimation, sewer services, and more.

The Problem

After a flash flooding incident led to washout beneath the existing sewer pipe, a road and sewer system began to experience significant settlement of 3.9 to 7.9 inches. The washout caused the sewer pipe to bow and led to symptoms of joint failure. This created further soil erosion and led to an accelerated rate of settlement. The primary risk of this situation was that the loss of ground support created increased risk for a localized sinkhole.

Our client needed to stabilize the ground and reduce further settlement. Due to the impact of a potential public sewer and road failure, the client required urgent support so they could begin their complete pipe repairs and relining. Standard penetration tests revealed the ground conditions were classified as “very loose ground” and the client required improvement to at least medium density.

One of the biggest challenges was the location of the site. Traditional methods would have required excavation of the site to nearly 21 feet. As the area included a busy road with buildings and traffic, traditional methods would have required road closures, sheet piling, service diversions, and more. It would have taken weeks to complete the project.

The Geobear Solution

After a review of the site, our engineers offered a solution that required less excavation and provided a shorter completion time. The solution plan used geopolymer injections to stabilize the soil. It involved injecting expansive resin at various depths to densify and compact the loose or eroded soil beneath the pipes.

Geobear engineers used modelling to illustrate the achievable improvement in ground conditions through a geopolymer material. Modelling allows Geobear’s engineers to plan each location and depth to plan the project. This data also reassured the client the proposal would achieve the desired outcomes.

Our team worked with the client in the engineering design phase. The teams used Building Information Modelling and overlaid our in-house engineers’ treatment drawings to ensure the accurate placement of injections to avoid clashes with buried services. The incorporation of a geopolymer injection design into a BIM model is a true industry first and the demonstrable success opens countless opportunities for future works

Injection tubes needed to be inserted to depths of 24 feet. To facilitate this, a working platform would have been required. However, the Geobear technical team concluded the use of a working platform could be avoided using rod-driving. The team successfully used the rod-driving method and saved five days of work and notable cost.


The project was completed on-time and ahead of the original schedule. The verified ground conditions post-treatment achieved 3 times increase in soil density as a result of the injections. Ground conditions on site based on initial penetration testing were classed as ‘very loose ground’. At the treatment depth, completion standard penetration testing results showed 0-1. Post-treatment with geopolymer, the improvement was between 5-15 – exceeding the client’s requirement. The work was completed on-site with no incidents reported.

Contact Us

Contact us to request a consultation. Whether you know you have a settlement problem or you just aren’t sure, we’re here to help.

Our expert customer support professionals can help you over the phone. If it might be a settlement or subsidence issue, we’ll get a skilled ground engineer to visit your property and conduct a site visit and assessment.

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