Size is everything with Mini Piling

August 26, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Mini piles are a lightweight type of pile that is relatively new compared to more traditional piles. Mini piles can be driven piles or screw piles and have become an increasingly popular choice because of their numerous advantages.

There are certain conditions which mean that mini piles are the only feasible option. Mini piling is often the most cost-effective method for contractors as they save a lot of time and money on difficult underpinning projects.

Mini piling is ideal when there is limited space available, unsuitable ground conditions or when conventional piles would be too heavy to use. Mini piling is also the best option when there is a need for sound restrictions as it generates less vibration and noise.

If you need a reliable, convenient and versatile piling option then mini piling is the solution for you.

Foundation Piling: An Overview

August 12, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Foundation piling is a type of support for a building or other structure and can be made from a variety of different materials such as steel, wood, concrete or even a combination of different materials. Foundation piling provides stability so it needs to be incredibly sturdy so it can cope with extreme weight and pressure.

As well as different materials, there are also different types of piling available. The first method of piling is referred to as driven piles. Driven piles can be made from wood, steel or concrete and are inserted into the ground using a pile driver. The pile driver causes the surrounding earth the move which results in resistance against the driven pile – and therefore more stability.

Drilled piles have a very wide diameter which means that the insertion site needs to be sizeable enough to accommodate the piles. Drilled piles are commonly used in areas which have very dense, compact or hard layers of earth.

Continuous Flight Auger piles – or CFA piles – do not have any casing which means that the hollow drilling technique fills the hollow auger with concrete. A concrete pillar is then formed once the auger is removed.

Micro piles tend to be made from steel and are ideal for use on smaller construction sites. Micro piles are extremely versatile, convenient and great for use when space is very restricted.

Sheet piling is constructed from interlocking steel barriers which hold back earth and water which allows construction projects, which would otherwise be cancelled, to go ahead

Grundomat Driven Piles: The Ideal Piling Solution

June 17, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Grundomat driven piles are designed to support and withstand force and pressure. Grundomat driven piles are installed using a pile driving hammer or a similar type of machinery. Grundomat driven piles are a popular choice of pile as they are cost effective, very accurate and can resist any level of weight or force that they are subjected to.

Not only are Grundomat driven piles extremely durable, they are also very flexible. There are a wide range of different sizes of hammer available to carry out the installation process and this means that Grundomat driven piles can be implemented in exceedingly small, tight spaces. This allows engineers to install Grundomat driven piles which are of a high standard, without using expensive installation techniques. Grundomat driven piles make working on sites with restricted access much easier and the process only requires a team of two to complete.

Grundomat driven piles also offer low vibrations rates. Low levels of vibrations mean that there is much less displacement and piles can be implemented with more precision. Grundomat driven piles are very quiet compared to other methods of piling so they are ideal for use on projects that take place in residential areas.

Driven Piles for the Modern Age

May 13, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Screw piles are the traditional method of foundation piling. However, as the construction industry and piling equipment has progressed, driven piles are now a popular alternative to screw piles. Driven piles are the ideal option for construction sites which have limited access or where the ground is particularly hard. Driven piles are a safe and cost-effective solution; they are quick and easy to install.

The method of installing driven piles is carried out using hydraulic hammers. The hydraulic hammers work by using an accelerated drop weight, along with side-mounted vibro hammers. Driven piles are available in different sizes, ranging from 457mm to 610mm. The size of the driven piles is dependent upon the size and weight of the structure, as the piles are required to support the building at the foundations.

Traditional piling methods are still widely used for tasks such as underpinning, low-displacement piling and vibration-free piling. Driven piles, however, benefit from being light-weight, require less site preparation, have high-productivity levels, are cost-effective and can be used for a wide range of ground conditions.

Choosing the right Piling Specialists

March 25, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Whenever there is a new building project, the expertise if a piling specialist is required. However small, large, high or low a structure is, it needs to be supported at the foundations. Construction piling is the method used to strengthen the foundations of a building so that it will not move or collapse. Piling needs to be carried out in a way that ensures the foundations will last or the structure could be a serious hazard.

Piling is not just one fix-all solution; there are several different methods to choose on depending on some key factors, including the size and height of the building and the nature and condition of the surrounding soil. Driven piles and drilled piles are two such possibilities. This is why it is so important to find a qualified piling specialist to carry out the work and all necessary assessments of the site. There are also different safety and security needs depending on whether a building is a commercial, industrial or domestic project.

At MK Piling we have many years of piling experience and work closely with structural engineers, architects and building contractors to offer a piling service that is unmatched by anyone else. The combination of our in depth knowledge and use of advanced piling technology; means that we are the ideal choice for your construction project.

Foundation Piling Methods

March 18, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Piling is mainly used for the construction of properties in order to strengthen the foundations around the structure. Properties are built to last so it is important to create a stable base for the building to rest on. The basic idea of foundation piling is to wall in piles which have been stacked up, to create a solid foundation.

Piles are usually made from reinforced concrete and pre-tensioned concrete. However, this has not always been the case, as previously piles were made from wood and other natural materials.

Driven piles tend to be made from concrete, although there are cases of wood or steel being used instead. Driven piles are a versatile solution to foundation piling as they can be adapted to suit properties of all different types. They can be placed in different shapes, including squares, octagons and rounded cross sections. Extra support is given by the piles being reinforced and being made pre-stressed concrete.

Bored piling is used to create piled walls, which are particularly useful for vertical basement excavation faces and water holding constructions. Small gaps need to be left between the piles, the size of which will depend on the condition of the soil. The features of the construction ground and the nature of the job will influence the type of piled wall that is built.