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Inco Tailings Pond, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Ground reaction following blast densification

The above photo shows the ground reaction immediately following blast densification at a tailings pond in Sudbury, Ontario. Blast densification induced soil liquefaction, and excess pore-pressure was relieved through pre-installed vertical wick drains. This allowed rapid consolidation of the tailings pile, subsidence of the ground surface.

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Rapid Impact Compaction and traditional Dynamic Compaction were also used as ground improvement measures for this project.

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