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Geological characteristics and geotechnical properties of Eocene and Quaternary deposits on the Belgian Continental Shelf: synthesis in the context of offshore wind farming
Le Bot, S.; Van Lancker, V.; Deleu, S.; De Batist, M.; Henriet, J.P.; Haegeman, W. (2005). Geological characteristics and geotechnical properties of Eocene and Quaternary deposits on the Belgian Continental Shelf: synthesis in the context of offshore wind farming. Geol. Mijnb. 84(2): 147-160
In: Netherlands Journal of Geosciences. Kluwer/Cambridge University Press: Den Haag, Cambridge. ISSN 0016-7746, more
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Keywords
    Wind; ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Belgian continental shelf; Eocene; Quaternary; seismic stratigraphy; lithostratigraphy; deposit geometry; geotechnics; wind turbines

Authors  Top 
  • De Batist, M., more
  • Henriet, J.P., more
  • Haegeman, W.

Abstract
    The present study consists of a synthesis of the lithostratigraphy, geotechnical properties, geometry and distribution of Eocene and Quaternary deposits of the Belgian continental shelf. It is based on available large datasets (seismics, cores, cone penetration tests) and their interpretations synthesised from numerous studies from the last 20 years. A significant effort has been focused on data digitisation and integration into appropriate GIS software packages in order to compare the data in a much more dynamic and flexible way. New insights have been proposed on the lithostratigraphy and geotechnical properties of offshore and onland deposits. An application is presented for the selection of wind farm implantation sites. Geological and geotechnical aspects of direct interest for wind farm implantation site selection have been focused on, such as the stability of the offshore wind turbine structures and the minimization of environmental impacts on the seabed. Sites suitable for wind turbines using monopile structures on the Belgian continental shelf are proposed.

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