Offshore piles are normally installed by driving using over-water or underwater hammers. However, there are many situations where pile reaches refusal before the installation depth. This paper briefly describes the current offshore foundation practice, the BAUER technology for onshore pile installation by drilling, the BAUER experiences in the offshore foundation and geotechnical fields and a new technology for supporting offshore pile installation when refusal is prematurely reached by means of the Dive Drill.

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