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Innovative geosynthetic solution saves 106-year-old Panama Canal structures

FIGURE 5 Loading 99-ton (90-tonne) geotextile bag containers on barge to transfer to Gatun Locks

FIGURE 6 Placing
first geotextile
bag container in
Panama Canal

barge-mounted crane lifted the sandfilled 99-ton (90-tonne) geotextile bag
containers on to a transfer barge that
was moved to the Gatun Locks where
crews would be ready to start as soon
as the 12-hour maintenance window
opened (Figure 5). The first repair was
performed on the approach slab to the
left chamber of the Atlantic approach to
the Gatun Locks.
When the repair started, the scour
was the entire 110-foot (33.5-m) width of
the slab down to a depth of 13 feet (4 m)
below the slab and 26 feet (8 m) underneath the slab. This repair would require
constructing the cofferdam using 12 of
the 65-cubic-yard (50-m 3) geotextile
bag containers to be installed in the first
scheduled 12-hour maintenance window,
which was during a nighttime operation (Figure 6). During the next month's
12-hour nighttime maintenance window,
more than 392 cubic yards (300 m3) of
concrete was pumped behind the cofferdam and under the approach slab to fill
the scour void under the slab (Figure 7).
This same procedure was followed
to make the scour erosion repair to both
sides of the dividing wall in the approach
to the Gatun Locks. This methodology
has also been followed to perform similar repairs to the Miraflores and Pedro
Miguel Locks over the next two years.

The results
There has been no scour erosion detected
under any structures of the Panama Canal
locks since the repairs using the geotextile bag cofferdam technology started
in September 2015. In addition, the ACP
has installed more than 400 geotextile bag
units to construct underwater cofferdams
within the Panama Canal to allow the filling of understructure voids with concrete
at other detected scour erosion sites at
the Gatun Locks and the other two sets
of Panama Canal locks.
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