Structural Deformation Monitoring of Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion project using AMTS and high precision low cost GNSS.
The $3.8 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion project is the biggest project in the Virginia Department of Transportation history which includes constructing twin bored tunnels west of the existing immersed-tube tunnel and bridge.
Sixense was chosen by the design-build team Hampton Roads Connector Partners (HRCP) (consists of Dragados USA, Flatiron Construction, VINCI Construction Grands Projects and Dodin Campenon Bernard) to perform baseline deformation monitoring of the existing tunnel, approach walls as well as several facility buildings on the south and the north islands connected by the crossing from August 2019 to August 2020.
A robust near real-time deformation monitoring system was designed and implemented using 9 Sixense’s Cyclops automatic motorized total station (AMTS) systems, complemented by nearly 50 novel 4Dbloc, low-cost high-precision GNSS receivers and over 60 wireless tiltmeters.
In recognition of the high quality work performed by Sixense during the 1st stage baseline monitoring, a new contract for transition baseline monitoring into active construction stage monitoring was recently awarded to Sixense, in August 2020, with an expanded scope of monitoring work including a significant amount of AMTS, vibration monitors and other geotechnical instruments.