Menard USA understands the key challenges of port and airport projects and delivers adapted ground improvement solutions for our clients. 

Your Challenges

The land available on riverbanks and coasts on which port and airport infrastructures are commonly built can often consist of compressible ground with shallow groundwater. Given the large surface areas that are generally required (thousands of acres in many cases), land for port and airport platforms is often reclaimed from the water by means of hydraulic or terrestrial backfill. Cost-effective ground improvement techniques are very commonly used to treat such sites.  Ports and airports present unique geotechnical, logistical, schedule and access challenges that Menard is adept at meeting.

Our Solutions

Ground improvement techniques such as vertical drains make it possible to accelerate the consolidation of soft clays and dredge materials, ensuring low residual settlement during operation of the infrastructure. Intensive treatment of hydraulic fills and reclaimed materials results in improved bearing properties and reduction of horizontal stresses on bulkheads and seawalls.  In cases of high seismic risk, the ground improvement program can include measures to reduce or mitigate the risk of liquefaction. Projects at port and airport facilities call for the use of multiple crews and equipment set-ups to treat large surface areas within a relatively short period of time.


Container terminals, bulk terminals, cofferdams, piers, marine structures

Canals/Dykes/River Ports

Dykes, berms, sluices, locks, dams, river ports, barge terminals


Runways, taxiways, airport aprons, terminal buildings

Reclaimed Land

Fills, dredge spoils, retained ground, polders


Canals / Dykes / River Ports

  • Dykes,
  • Sluices,
  • Locks,
  • Dams,
  • River ports,
  • Barge terminals

Ports / Container Terminals / Bulk Terminals

  • Caissons,
  • Combiwall,
  • Cofferdams,
  • Piers,
  • Container terminals,
  • Bulk terminals


  • Runways,
  • Taxiways,
  • Airport aprons,
  • Terminal buildings


  • Man made fill,
  • Reclamation,
  • Polders

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