Shawn Downey

Senior Design Engineer

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Helical Piles vs Concrete Drilled Shafts (Caissons)

Posted by Shawn Downey on Mar 2, 2021 4:39:03 PM

There are several solutions engineers and contractors can choose from when a deep foundation is required. With a deep foundation the structure’s load is transmitted to soils that are deeper in the ground. A deep foundation is used when a shallow foundation is not possible, not practical, or will not carry the load. Examples are weak, unstable, or expansive surface soils. Two popular options for deep foundations are helical piles and drilled shafts, also known as drilled piers or caissons.

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Topics: Construction, Foundations, Helical Pile Benefits, Civil, Engineering

What To Check If Your Helical Piles Are Breaking

Posted by Shawn Downey on Jan 30, 2020 9:15:00 AM

There is no equivalent for measuring torque directly in the tooling string.  Using differential pressure (or pressure drop across the motor) can work if it is properly set up and calibrated, but keep in mind that pressure is being measured, not torque. 

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Topics: Foundations, Civil, Torque

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