The Groundwater section deals with groundwater issues in planning, construction and maintenance of building structures for the federal waterways. Attention is focused among others on the assessment of dam stability, the impact of groundwater pressure and groundwater flow on structures and excavations, and the effect of constructions on the large-scale groundwater conditions. The work includes both the design and evaluation of groundwater exploration methods, as well as the design of excavation pit concepts and groundwater drainage systems, together with suitable measures for minimising groundwater impact and for the collection of groundwater evidence.
To this end, the section draws up expert reports and advisory statements and consults the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV) in all project phases, from the preliminary draft through to the construction phase. Depending on the issues involved and the data available, groundwater flow analysis is based on simplified analytical or numerical models of varying complexity (1D / 2D / 3D, steady state / transient, saturated / unsaturated).
The focus of applied research carried out in the section consists of investigations in hydrodynamic particle transport, particularly regarding hydraulic heave, providing a basis for save and economic dimensioning of construction methods and structures.
|Head of Section G3, Karlsruhe|
|Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Odenwald|
|Phone||+49 (0)721 9726-3620|
|Dipl.-Ing. Charlotte Laursen|
|Phone||+49 (0)721 9726-4840|