Pile Testing

March 11, 2011 by Harvey Banks
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Piling is an integral part of the building construction process and it is vitally important to make sure that the process of pile testing is always carried out. There are several different reasons why pile testing is so important. Firstly, pile testing leads to the design of other piles using back-figured soil data.

Construction projects can differ in size. This means that the required foundation piles are not always going to be the same size. Pile testing allows contractors to ascertain how large or small the piles will need to before they start work.

Pile testing is an assessment on how much weight can be supported effectively by the foundation piles. It ensures that the foundations of the building are safe and will not move or collapse.

Pile testing is does not take much time to complete which makes it cost-effective. There are four different tests which can be carried out as pile testing; these are the compression test, uplift test, lateral-load test and torsion-load test. The most commonly used test loading procedures are constant rate or penetration (CRP) and the maintained load test (MLT).


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