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Condamine Floating Dock, Monaco

Civil Engineering Applications

  1. Luis M. Ortega,
  2. Manuel A. Floriano

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm176

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

How to Cite

Ortega, L. M. and Floriano, M. A. 2009. Condamine Floating Dock, Monaco. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

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  1. GEOCISA, Madrid, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


This article describes the monitoring carried out on the floating dock for the enlargement of the Port of Monaco. This dock is a floating caisson 352.7-m long and weighing 167 000 t, which was built in Algeciras Bay and towed by sea to its destination Monaco. The purpose of the monitoring was to control the bending forces suffered by the caisson while being transported by sea from its building location to its final destination. This enabled meeting the requirements of the owner (and of the insurance companies involved) to experimentally check that such bending forces did not exceed those outlined in the project for this operation, thus guaranteeing that the dock had not suffered any damage during transport.

A complete description of the instrumentation used is given, which includes the measurement of pressures, rotations, strains, and temperatures. The main results obtained are discussed.


  • floating dock;
  • monitoring;
  • Port of Monaco;
  • fiber optic;
  • clinometer;
  • sensors