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Objective

Interpret available laboratory test data to confirm the adopted CPT factor and the undrained
shear strength of MD and Alluvial Clays.

Methodology
The Plastic Index from Atterberg Limits Tests are correlated and compared with the
adopted CPT factor. Undrained Unconsolidated Triaxial Compression Test results
and Vane Shear Tests are compared with the adopted design line for Clays.

Conclusions
Atterberg Limits Test indicates a Plasticitiy Index in MD that confirms the adopted
CPT factor of nkt = 14.
Undrained Unconsolidated Triaxial Compression Test results confirms the adopted
undrained shear strength design line in MD.
SPT 'N' design plot for the Alluvium confirms the adopted undrained shear strength design line in Alluvium
Summary of Laboratory Test Data
BH Location Seabed level Test Depth Test Level PI Su Omitted Strata Design
Contract No. (mPD) (m) (mPD) (%) (kPa) Data Type Area
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 2.5 -6.45 20 MD 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 4.5 -8.45 17 10.5 MD 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 6.5 -10.45 25 MD 1
S2RA1-D 67 -4.05 6.5 -10.55 28 7.5 MD 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 8.5 -12.45 25 MD 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 10.5 -14.45 25 MD 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 12.5 -16.45 26 18 MD 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 14.5 -18.45 30 MD 1
S2RA1-D 67 -4.05 14.5 -18.55 27 14.7 MD 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 18.5 -22.45 23 MD 1
BCF/AH 2 -5.65 0.5 -6.15 41 8.3 MD 2
S2RA1-D 24 -5.70 8.5 -14.20 24 13.8 MD 2
BCF/AH 2 -5.65 16.5 -22.15 35 43.0 MD 2
S2RA1-D 24 -5.70 20.5 -26.20 18 22.1 MD 2
S2RA1-D 13 -6.50 4.5 -11.00 31 14.8 MD 3
S2RA1-D 12 -6.55 4.5 -11.05 30 6.9 MD 3
S2RA1-D 15 -5.10 8.5 -13.60 18 14.2 MD 3
S2RA1-D 13 -6.50 12.5 -19.00 26 22.4 MD 3
S2RA1-D 15 -5.10 16.5 -21.60 27 21.8 MD 3
S2RA1-D 12 -6.55 16.5 -23.05 28 16 MD 3
S2RA1-D 13 -6.50 24.5 -31.00 20 23.3 MD 3
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 20.5 -24.45 19 25.4 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 67 -4.05 21 -25.05 15 184.4 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 22.5 -26.45 24 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 24.5 -28.45 27 29.8 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 26.25 -30.20 13 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 39.75 -43.70 37.4 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 41.25 -45.20 12 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 42.75 -46.70 77 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 44.25 -48.20 19 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 56 -3.95 45.75 -49.70 72.9 ALLUVIUM 1
S2RA1-D 24 -5.70 24.5 -30.20 20 18.2 ALLUVIUM 2
S2RA1-D 26 -4.35 44.75 -49.10 11 134.9 ALLUVIUM 3
S2RA1-D 15 -5.10 23 -28.10 15 72.7 ALLUVIUM 3
S2RA1-D 15 -5.10 26 -31.10 13 41.5 ALLUVIUM 3
S2RA1-D 12 -6.55 28 -34.55 14 63.8 ALLUVIUM 3
S2RA1-D 12 -6.55 55 -61.55 11 ALLUVIUM 3
Tender Vane Shear Test Reference Borehole Nos.: BCF/AH02, BCF/AH06, S2RA1-D13, S2RA1-D56
Assumed Correlation
CPT Factor nkt 12 14 16 18
Plasticity Index PI (%) 20 30 40 50
Adopted
Typical Su Design Line in MD
z < 3m 5 kPa
z > 3m 5 + 1.1(z-3) kPa where z = depth below seabed
Laboratory Test Interpretation
Su vs Level in MD Clay
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 UU Triaxial Test
-5.00
Post Construction Vane
Shear Test Design Type 1
Post Construction Vane
Shear Test Design Type 2
-10.00
Post Construction Vane
Shear Test Design Type 3
Tender Vane Shear Test
-15.00 Design Type 1
Tender Vane Shear Test
Level (mPD)

Design Type 2

-20.00 Tender Vane Shear Test


Design Type 3
0.22sig v' @ OCR = 1
Design Line 1
MD Design Line 1
-25.00
5kPa, above 3m below
seabed level

5 + 1.1(z-3) kPa, below 3m


-30.00 below seabed level
z = depth below seabed level

-35.00

Su (kPa)
z = depth below seabed level

-35.00

Su (kPa)
Laboratory Test Interpretation Laboratory Test Interpretation Laboratory Test Interpretation
Su vs Level in MD Clay Su vs Level in MD Clay Su vs Level in MD Clay

-5.00 -5.00 -5.00

UU Triaxial Test UU Triaxial Test


UU Triaxial Test

-10.00 -10.00 -10.00


Post Const. Vane Shear Test Post Const. Vane Shear Test
- Design Type 1 (C128 to - Design Type 2 (C122 to
C134) C127)
Post Const. Vane Shear Test
- Design Type 3 (C113 to
C121)

-15.00 Tender Vane Shear Test - -15.00 Tender Vane Shear Test - -15.00
Design Type 1 (C128 to Design Type 2 (C122 to
C134) C127)

Tender Vane Shear Test -


Design Type 3 (C113 to
C121)

0.22sig v' @ OCR = 1 0.22sig v' @ OCR = 1

Level (mPD)
Level (mPD)

Level (mPD)
-20.00 -20.00 -20.00

0.22sig v' @ OCR = 1


MD Design Line 1 MD Design Line 1

-25.00 -25.00 -25.00

MD Design Line 1

-30.00 -30.00 -30.00

MD Design Line 1 MD Design Line 1 MD Design Line 1


Su dSu/dz Level Su dSu/dz Level Su dSu/dz Level
(kPa) (kPa/m) (mPD) (kPa) (kPa/m) (mPD) (kPa) (kPa/m) (mPD)
5 0 -5<z<-8 5 0 -5<z<-8 5 0 -5<z<-8
-35.00 -35.00 -35.00
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
5 1.1 below -8 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
5 1.1 below -8 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
5 1.1 below -8

Su (kPa) Su (kPa) Su (kPa)