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TDI-Brooks Completes Geotechnical Programs In The Black Sea

By Eric Van Rees - 7th February 2022 - 06:22

TDI-Brooks completed two (2) geotechnical support projects for DenAr Ocean Engineering S.A. for the TPAO Sakarya Gas Field Pipeline Route Investigation and Site Survey Project. The project consisted of two (2) cruises.

During the first cruise in April 2021, TDI-Brooks acquired approximately thirty (30) gravity CPTs (gCPTs) with our memory standard 15 cm2 CPT cones. TDI-Brooks’ CPT cones were fitted onto Denar’s piston core (PC) rigs. On box cores, TDI-Brooks provided our cyclic T-Bar’s using Den-Ar’s provided box cores. This project was conducted on the “DENAR 2” vessel over a period of 71 days in the Turkish portion of the Black Sea.

The purpose of the Gravity CPT Stinger (gCPT) tool is to transport a piezocone penetrometer down to the seabed or lakebed to gather dynamic PCPT cone data from the mud line to typically 6-10 m or even 20+ m BML. In addition to its 800 kg driving head with lifting bale and coupling, the rig comprises a selfcontained PCPT cone penetrometer that measures tip resistance, sleeve friction and pore pressure using standard ASTM cone protocols. The gCPT system is deployed using the same winch, A-frame, and process as for piston coring. When just above mudline, the tool is triggered like a piston corer to ballistically insert itself into the soil. Once the cone insertion into the soil is complete (less than 3 sec after trigger), the system is immediately retracted from the seabed and retrieved to the deck. Cone data are downloaded from the probe for evaluation and analysis. The tool is readied for the next deployment, typically in less than 5 minutes, making numerous measurements per day feasible, depending only on water depth and winch speed. The maximum water depth for the gCPT is 4,000m.

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