Collaborators: Romero OH, UPC, Prof S. Marchetti
Budget: 4,603,559€


TR&D project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce within the scope of the National Plan for R&D 2008, Industrial Applied Research.

The aim of the project was to develop a set of equipment and systems that together make up a technologically differentiated platform for marine investigation suitable for geological and geotechnical studies in medium water depths (up to 40 m).

The project achieved its aims of combining different investigation techniques in a single unit, a novel concept as far as methodology and equipment were concerned, as it combined systems operation, data collection and transmission of information and communications.

The investigation techniques themselves are also a new contribution to the market as they require a specific implementation methodology and theoretical interpretation befitting to the marine environment. Indeed, some of these techniques had only been applied at that stage to basic research projects.

The equipment is most useful for offshore windfarms although it also has applications for general port and marine infrastructure projects.



The technological and functional innovations of the investigation techniques are:

  1. Methodology and testing for deformation studies:  shear modulus G and deformation modulus E

  2. Methodology and testing for studying shear strength in natural and remoulded state

  3. Methodology and testing for performing underwater piezocones

  4. Methodology and equipment for drilling with passive heave compensation system (SCOP)

  5. Design and development of sampler for obtaining high-quality unaltered soil samples

  6. Marine Laboratory

  7. Development of a system for data gathering, logging and analysis of borehole parameters

Project phases:

  1. Scientific development of concepts

  2. Technological development and manufacture

  3. Adaptation to environment. Development of methodologies