Engineers Australia

Advances in offshore and onshore anchoring solutions

C. Gaudin, C.D. O’Loughlin, M.F. Randolph, M.J. Cassidy, D. Wang, Y. Tian, J.P. Hambleton and R.S. Merifield


The paper presents a snapshot of the research performed within the ARC Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE) on anchoring systems. The focus is on the determination of nominal bearing factors and the performance of three different types of anchors: the suction embedded plate anchor, the dynamically embedded plate anchor and the helical anchor. The paper emphasises the wide range of analytical, numerical and physical modelling techniques developed within the CGSE to (i) develop a rigorous understanding of the soil-anchor interaction and (ii) create practical tools that can be readily used for design.