GDG successfully completes a ground movement analysis for a complex site in Gothenburg

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018
Filed under: Projectupdates, News

GDG, working with Sigma Civil, successfully developed an accurate pile induced ground movement analysis for a complex site in Gothenburg, Sweden.

GDG combined an understanding of ground movements, the geology in Gothenburg and 3D Finite Element Modelling to develop our solution. The study has made its way to the most recent issue of Plaxis Bulletin where details of the methodology are provided.

We modelled the problem in #Plaxis3D using a Volumetric Expansion Approach to analyse the impact of installing 300 precast piles for the foundations of a major travel hub.

The predicted movements of the soft clay accurately reflected the lateral displacements observed during construction. As a result, the project was successfully completed with no negative impact on the surrounding structures. Read the full article in Plaxis Bulletin Issue 41 here.


(1) Architectural rendering of the proposed development, (Sigma Civil Ltd.), (2) Aerial photo of the triangular shaped piling site bounded by railway bridge, river and tram lines (, (3)  Developed numerical model in PLAXIS