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DriveTech Helical Foundation Systems

Posted by snowraider on  September 3, 2019

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Everything starts with a solid foundation so whether you’re building or repairing a foundation, DriveTech Helical Foundation Systems has the well-earned expertise to design and construct whatever you need. We have developed a range of piling options that can meet any challenge. Inquiries: doug@drivetechsystems.com

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  1. The Pros and Pros of Helical Piles

    They have been around since 1833 but helical piles are yet to reach their full capacity as the innovative and brilliant examples of engineering that they are.

    Helical piles were invented by a civil engineer from Ireland called Alexander Mitchell, who was, astoundingly, blind. He won the Telford Medal for his invention and then three years later, the first helical piles were put to use in mooring ships.

    They were at first, limited to nautical use with Maplin Sands Lighthouse being the first structure to benefit from the installation of helical piles and next came Brighton Pier.

    As the realisation of what helical piles were capable of, use of them grew exponentially.

    Today we use them in many applications, including:

    Motorway signage
    Wind turbines
    Telegraph poles
    Climbing walls
    Houses
    Prefabricated buildings
    Jetties
    Piers
    Bridges
    The list could go on and it’s an accepted fact that helical piers are the best possible foundation support for buildings on unstable ground or with poor drainage.

    Recent experiments also indicate that helical piles are an excellent choice in earthquake prone areas.

    Fast installation with little disruption and noise, no waste soil to dispose of, all add up to a convenient, cost-effective building solution that could be used in many more applications.

    Helical piles are also more ecologically friendly than for example, concrete. Helical piles can be recycled and recycled metal can be used in their construction. The necessary equipment used in installing helical piles is much smaller and utilises less power than in the installation of traditional concrete foundations which has a knock-on effect on the environment.

    Concrete foundations will have a place in construction for a long time to come, that’s a certainty but helical piles continue to rise in various applications and prove themselves time and again under all manner of pressure.

  2. Helical Piles – Better than Concrete?

    Understanding the key differences between helical piles and concrete is vital before you can begin to cast judgement on which is better.

    Helical piles consist of a steel shaft which has a plate welded to the exterior surface; this plate assists the screwing in motion of the device as it is inserted into the earth and offers strong resistance against any movement to the shaft.

    Concrete works by spreading across a surface and offering resistance in that way. Where a helical pile literally anchors a structure firmly into the ground, concrete merely glues it into place. This of course means that the building or structure being supported by concrete is more at risk of structural damage because concrete is vulnerable to damage under pressure.

    Concrete does distribute extreme weights very well and of course this is useful but it must only be used at low depth and if soil conditions alter…which they very often do as the weather changes, then the building and the foundation can develop cracks and gaps which leave the structure vulnerable.

    Helical piles take a very short time to install; literally under an hour and their genius lies in their ability to distribute weight far below the surface. They may be used in sandy, dry and shifting ground or in wet, unstable and flood-prone ground.

    The lack of noise and disruption is also a big plus and especially in residential areas where building noises are regulated and need to be kept to a minimum.

    In short, helical piles have many advantages over concrete in terms of cost, efficiency, longevity and versatility. This is why they are used by industries all over the world for the secure installation of many structures…not just buildings.

    Signage
    Wind turbines
    Lighthouses
    Bridges
    Piers
    Walkways
    Cabins

  3. Helical Pile Foundations and weather, Unlike concrete, there’s no downtime during winter when it’s too cold for the substance to dry or cure properly. Helical anchors can be installed at any temperature and at any time of the year dont slow your projects schedule due to weather.

  4. The quality of your foundation is only as good as the Helical Pier which it is built on, from the steel its made with to the installation, Quality control is everything.

  5. Helical piles are a perfect foundation anchor solution when soil conditions aren’t suitable for the weight of a structure. When soil is soft or over saturated, it will settle and pack down over time. This can cause the entire structure to move out of alignment, which can be dangerous.

  6. Many things affect the corrosion rate of your Helical Pile, • Soil resistivity
    • pH
    • Redox potential
    • Sulfide concentration
    • Moisture content
    • Drainage conditions
    AB Chance Helical Piles are hot dipped galvanized to help against corrosion rates, Protect your investment.

  7. Quality work meaning ensuring you are following your work processes, ensuring your product/ material meet quality standards and that the product is produced to customer standards and satisfaction. Quality work is excellent workmanship, without damages.

  8. he geotechnical report is a tool used to communicate the site conditions ,design and construction recommendations for site design, building design, and construction Cheap investment for the longevity of your project

  9. With so many benefits to using Helical Piles, check to see if your project could benefit, save time, money, environmental, design, weather and more.

  10. Contaminated soils are not uncommon in industrial zones and they pose many additional hurdles to jump over. Moving these soils create problems, Helical piles provide solutions in these sensitive areas.

  11. Customer expectation encompasses everything that a customer expects from a product, service or organisation, So produce great expectation, Communication, Education and Integrity

  12. Helical Pile Advantages:
    More economical then other types of foundations
    Eliminated the need to export/import large quantities of fill
    Little to no noise
    No vibrations
    No excess spoils
    No dewatering required
    Use of small equipment
    Rapid installation

  13. Helical Piles
    Do you have bowing walls, cracks in walls, leaning walls, floor cracks or a sinking/settling garage? If yes, then Helical piles may be your repair solution.

  14. Most mezzanines are constructed inside existing buildings, the choice of installing helical piles for the foundation support is proving cost effective The process is fast and effective reducing downtime and frustrations for this type of work.

  15. Quality over price, buy it for life never compromise your product over material costs always use reputable material suppliers.

  16. Soil Borings
    All Project should have geotechnical investigations done for buildings and structures. The soil boring log will allow the engineer to design the proper foundation to carry the structure loads, have your sites soils tested it could save money and aggravation later.

  17. PPE the importance of protecting yourself
    Up until just recently the general public had no idea what PPE was unless they practiced this at work, but we have had the use of PPE in place for years, Keeping employees safe. PPE is always your first line of defence to personally protect yourself.

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