Location: Port Isabel, TX

The PILOT (Port Isabel Logistical Offshore Terminal) fuel storage tank ground improvement project consisted of installing a soil-cement column matrix beneath two proposed fuel storage tanks. A. H. Beck utilized a unique method of soil-cement column installation that allowed for the completely homogeneous soil-cement columns to be installed through challenging subsurface conditions, which were unsuitable for traditional in-situ installation methods. This installation method allowed for the tanks to be constructed at desirable heights atop the unstable ground without the need for a deep foundation and pile cap system. The elimination of the need for a deep foundation system was able to save the owner a significant amount of not only cost but also time.