Bio-mediated ground improvement: From laboratory experiment to pilot applications

L. A. Van Paassen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

126 Scopus citations


Currently, several in situ ground improvement methods are being developed in which natural biochemical processes are stimulated, which change the geomechanical properties of soils, like reducing permeability to seal leaks in water retaining ground structures (biosealing) or increasing the strength and stiffness of unconsolidated sands and gravels (biogrouting). This paper gives an overview of the latest research and developments on bio-mediated ground improvement in The Netherlands, including the first pilot application of biogrouting to stabilize horizontal boreholes through gravel layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages10
Edition211 GSP
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


  • Laboratory tests
  • Soil stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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