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E-ELT project: geotechnical investigation at Cerro Armazones
Author(s): Paolo Ghiretti; Volker Heinz; Daniela Pollak; Jose Lagos
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Paper Abstract

The design and construction of large telescopes include significant geotechnical challenges. In order to guarantee reliable and stable operations, a giant telescope like the European - Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) requires a foundation performance according to the level of accuracy of the other telescope's components. This paper describes the main geological and geotechnical activities conducted on site along with the studies completed in specialized geotechnical laboratories with the objective to achieve a thorough characterization of the ground conditions. This study shows that, the properties of the foundation materials are appropriate to guarantee a good performance of the E-ELT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 844438 (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925347
Show Author Affiliations
Paolo Ghiretti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Volker Heinz, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Daniela Pollak, ARCADIS Chile S.A. (Chile)
Jose Lagos, ARCADIS Chile S.A. (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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