Sheet Pile Driving Methods

September 13, 2010 by Harvey Banks
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There are three methods of sheet pile driving the use of which depends on the conditions of the ground that is being built upon.

The first method is pitch and drive which is appropriate for when using short piles and on loose soils. Each pile needs to be driven into the ground to its full depth before beginning to pitch the next pile.

Panel driving is a method which ensures that each pile is aligned properly and with good vertical positioning. This technique decreases the possibility of driving difficulties and any issues with de-clutching. The advantages of using this system of sheet pile driving is that piles can be left without being fully driven in and work can continue without any disruptions.

If your site is located on difficult ground conditions such as dense sand, gravel or rock then staggered driving is ideal. This involves driving the piles between guide frames and installation is split into steps. For example, begin by driving piles 1, 3 and 5 followed by 2 and 4. Piles 1, 3 and 5 can be reinforced at the toe.


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