Fugro has secured a three-year contract to support the A9 motorway upgrade and expansion project in the Netherlands.

Under the contract, Fugro will carry out a geotechnical ground investigation and will provide geotechnical designs of all civil structures.

The company will also develop a 3D ground model to carry out scenario analysis and integration with the project’s building information model (BIM).

Overall, the project involves widening a 10km section of the A9 between the Holendrecht and Badhoevedorp junctions, including a 2km-long deep cut (open tunnel).

Fugro Land Site Characterisation director for Europe and Africa Leonard Sands said: “This project is an excellent example of Fugro’s consulting-led value, where we apply our engineering expertise to characterise and mitigate ground risk in the design phase to ensure our client’s success.”

For the ground investigation, the company will carry out more than 1,500 cone penetration tests, 90 deep soil borings and 150 hand auger borings, as well as laboratory tests on selected samples.

The data and other deliverables will be integrated into a single geographic information system (GIS) to support project management and analysis.

The densely populated region also provides additional challenges for the acquisition of the geo-data, the company noted.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Fugro provides geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions to enable the safe and cost-effective construction of buildings and other infrastructure.

The company has a workforce of around 10,000 people across 61 countries.