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Helical Piles at Berklee College of Music

clock November 18, 2011 11:45 by author
Helical piles were used to renovate the Berklee College of Music just in 10 working days.

Helical Piles for Renovation

 

Helical piers, Helical piles

Berklee College of Music was renovating two existing buildings to make safety upgrades, including the installation of a new elevator. The project involved constructing several new foundations inside the buildings. Deep foundation support was required because this area of Boston was filled-in and the soils conditions were generally unfavorable for conventional spread footings.

Helical Piles: Engineered Foundation Technologies installed a total of 40 ECP helical piles to support the new loads. The pilings advanced through the poor fill soils and anchored into the Boston Clue Clay below. Pile lengths varied from about 18 feet deep to 28 feet deep.

EFT built a load frame and conducted a pile load test on a helical pier. This testing was done to confirm the performance of the helical pier system. The project was successfully completed in 10 working days.



Solar Power and Helical Anchors

clock January 28, 2010 08:28 by author blogadmin
The use of helical anchors and solar power are efficient solutions and renewable energy sources for your home or business.

 

The use of helical anchors is making the installation of large solar panel facilities simpler and more efficient. Efficiency is one of the key ingredients for solar panels. Solar panels can be the optimal solution for you with minimal disruption to your home or business. Solar Power is a safe choice. Solar power is available in quantity at peak usage times. Current solar panels offer up to 50% more power than panels of just a few years ago. Solar panels that are more efficient provide the strongest return on your investment.  Higher efficiency means more savings per square foot. Helical anchors help make this all possible.

Helical ground anchors are engineered deep foundation members that provide high compressive and tension holding power. Their unique design can eliminate concrete foundation members that are often the source for construction delays. Helical anchors can be configured for most renewable energy applications in most soils. Installation of helical anchors is very fast and can be performed using relatively small equipment in hard to access site conditions. A verifiable load capacity can be determined for each location to assure owners of long term stability.

Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency are three things that solar power and helical anchors have in common. The fourth item is renewability. Solar power is obviously a renewable energy source that will help satisfy our energy appetite. Earth Contact Products, a major helical supplier to the Solar Industry, uses recycled steel in the production of their helical products.  According to their website, http://www.earthcontactproducts.com/Recycling.asp , “Our tubular products … are therefore at least 95-98% recyclable”. This commitment to recycling and Green Initiative makes helical anchors and solar power very Earth Friendly and Efficient.

 



International Building Code - Changes for Helical Piles

clock March 13, 2009 10:35 by author blogadmin
The International Building Code changes the structural provisions for helical pile foundations.

The International Code Council's 2009 edition of the international Building Code had 350 proposed code changes to the structural provisions in Chapter 16 through 23 of the 2006 IBC. Of these, about 200 were successful and will be incorporated into the 2009 edition.

Section 1704.10 - Special inspection requirements were added for helical pile foundations that are now included in Chapter 18.



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