What we have here is a lengthy process of supervising trial embankment construction as well as monitoring the implementation of settlement plates within the earthworks that have been constructed, not exactly a two day job. As mentioned, DCE have been working closely with Powerbetter, both teams monitoring and supervising the scope of works taking place at Salters Road in Kings Lynn.


The proposed trial embankment is to have six settlement plates in a 15m square plan with temporary datum positions around the subject site agreed. DCE proposed to place three of the six plates at the top of the Peat layer before the 1.5m treatment upfilling occurs. The other three instruments will then be placed at formation level (after the 1.5m upfill has been completed). The settlement plates will be extended as needed while the surcharge is filled using 300mm diameter polypipe.

While DCE provided the main supervision of the trial embankment construction and first stage of monitoring, we have been working closely with Powerbetter who have been carrying out the daily monitoring of the settlement plates. Discovery frequently visited the site and are actively involved in processing the raw data coming in from Salters Road. The team were present again at the end of the monitoring during the offloading period.