In Lille as in Paris, urban expansion has reached the fields of catiches, ‘bottle’-shaped traditional underground quarries (200 to 350 m3 in general)
grouped in bunches.
These catiches present risks of subsidence at the heart of the Lille conurbation.


setec was involved within the framework of the overall project management of the redevelopment of the southern districts to deal with this problem:
- Preliminary phase: identification and updating the locations (layout) of the 260 catiches listed in the area (summary of existing data, definition and supervision of additional explorations, condition of each catiche – empty or partly backfilled);
- Project phase: definition of the primary treatment (elimination of potential subsidence by backfilling with economical run materials, by tipping or drilling) and, if necessary, secondary treatment (control of settlement under vulnerable roads and utilities by installing a reinforced concrete slab or grouting);
- Works phase: definition of the operation stages taking the complex urban context into account and adjusting the grouting cycle in order to manage the quantities injected (payment by the quantities according to the
contract). Works were completed in autumn 2013, and the assessment is positive: the improvement principles were validated and, although individually the treatment of most of the catiches differed from the initial estimate, the contract quantities were complied with.


Lille Métropole

Key figures

Period of services

2012 - 2014

Key challenges

Geotechnical project management for catiches identification and treatment