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Geotechnical Services for oil and gas projects, mines and associated infrastructure, industrial, commercial and residential buildings, roads, railways, bridges, tunnels and dams. DP undertakes this work Australia wide and in the Pacific region.

Some of DP’s range of geotechnical tools and services include:

  • Geotechnical investigation and design services:
    • Geotechnical assessments that maximise data and information outcomes and minimise costs for clients.
    • Foundation design - shallow footings, slabs, driven and bored piles, pile test review.
    • Retaining structure design - gravity walls, anchored, propped or cantilevered walls, reinforced soil walls.
    • Earthworks, embankments, slopes and excavations.
    • Earthworks control -  productivity assessments.
    • Tunnels, declines, drifts including recommendations on excavation and support methods, i.e. tunnel boring machine, road header, drill and blast, cuttability assessment, and geotechnical supervision.
    • Pavements - flexible and rigid.
    • Assessments for foundations for field compressor stations.
  • Construction monitoring, inspections, testing and advice including:
    • Bored pile / pier inspections.
    • Settlement, lateral displacement and vibration assessment and monitoring.
    • Slope movement assessment.
    • Field testing of foundation soils and slope stabilisation.
    • Tunnel face mapping, support requirements and geotechnical supervision of excavations.


Property & Buildings Project Profile: Nan Tien Institute Project

Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts a few hundred thousand visitors each year. Known as “Southern Paradise”, Nan Tien Temple focuses on the exchange of eastern and western cultures, the interchange of the traditional and the modern; and also the adaptation with the local communities. Over the past ten years, Nan Tien Temple has become one of the favourite venues, for religious study groups, school excursions and community group outings.

Wollongong City Council donated the 15 ha parcel of land opposite the temple, a former council operated putrescible landfill, to allow the Temple to expand their facilities. This site will be home to Nan Tien Institute’s new state-of-the-art campus and Multicultural Art Gallery, with Stage One construction at an estimated cost of $40 million. To find out more about Nan Tien Institute visit: or phone (02) 4272 0618.
Douglas Partners were engaged in 2000 to undertake geotechnical and environmental investigations at the site. The investigations completed to date have included the excavation of over 150 test pits and the drilling of over 20 deep boreholes across the site. Following initial investigation works, DP has prepared a Remediation Action Plan in liaison with the EPA, undertaken detailed geotechnical investigation works and monitored environmental impacts.
Between 2010 - 2011 the site was subject to extensive clearing, benching, dynamic compaction and filling with coalwash to prepare the site for remediation and the first stage of building works. DP were on site during these works undertaking daily inspections, environmental and geotechnical monitoring as well as providing geotechnical support. Early work including installation of a remediation cap, landfill gas drainage, leachate collection and piling for the Phase 1 Stage 1 building works is expected to commence in late 2012. DP continues to provide advice in both geotechnical and environmental aspects to the project.


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