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NEW Is it Time for Consolidation to Begin in the Helical Pile Industry?

Industry consolidation is a phenomenon that has been happening on the planet since the very first competitors realized that it made more financial sense to join forces rather than competing for the same dollar and watching that very dollar diminish in size . . . more

Helical Pile Industry 2014 Review and 2015 Outlook

Recently HPW conducted a survey that included nine helical pile manufacturers and one distributor to gather data and insight into sales volume activity in 2014 versus 2013.  The survey also includes the groups’ outlook and forecasts for sales in 2015 . . . more

DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee is Soliciting Assistance for a Major Helical (Screw) Pile – Seismic Research Study Project is teaming with the DFI to assist with the dissemination of information to help form and launch this important project designed to increase the acceptance of helical (screw) piles in seismic zones D, E and F . . . more

Some Very Important Information about the State of Practice in the Helical Pile Industry was Presented at the DFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks Seminar in Early April 2014

Dr. Samuel Clemence, civil engineering professor at Syracuse University and a renowned helical pile researcher and author, presented the in-depth state of practice report that was commissioned by the Deep Foundations Institute . . . more

Helical Pile Industry 2013 Review and 2014 Outlook

Recently HPW conducted a survey that included seven helical pile manufacturers and one distributor to gather data and insight into sales volume activity in 2013 versus 2012.  The survey also includes the groups’ outlook and forecasts for sales in 2014 . . . more

A Close Up Look at Three Helical Pile Manufacturers’ Products

HPW presents a detailed look at helical pile products manufactured by three of the industry’s leading manufacturers - Ram Jack Systems Distribution, MacLean Power Systems - Civil Products Division and Foundation Supportworks . . . more

A Close Look at Coastal Structure Timber Pile Foundation Repair

Ram Jack Foundation Solutions owner Rick Sykes provides a detailed look at his perfected process for repairing failed timber pile foundations for elevated structures on the eastern U.S. coastline . . . more

NEW Wayne Thompson Finds Some Worthwhile Reading for Helical Pile Manufacturers to Help When Ordering Certain Steel Products

Wayne’s New Year’s resolution to better manage the trade magazine pile on his desk pays off right away with a nice article in Modern Steel Construction magazine . . . more

NEW Only a Few Days Left to Register for YA Engineering;s Two Day Training Course on Helical Pile Design, Installation and Testing - March 12-13 in San Diego

This course focuses, in detail, on the basic fundamentals of helical piles and the different design theories for piles subjected to axial and lateral loads. The course gets very high marks from previous attendees . . . more

PENGO Celebrating 65 Years in Business at World of Concrete 2015

2015 marks a milestone for PENGO as the company will be celebrating 65 years of providing ground engaging solutions . . . read about it now

DFI Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Study Fund Raising Update

New contributors have stepped up with donation pledges as the fund raising effort gains momentum . . . more

DFI’s University PowerPoint Presentation on Helical Piles and Anchors has Been a Very Popular Download - 220 and Counting

Since its introduction in June 2014, the University PowerPoint presentation has been downloaded by more than 220 people, so we want to remind educators and others that may not be aware of its existence to learn about it now. . . more

GRL Engineers Perfects Dynamic Load Testing Services for Helical Piles and Saves Contractors Time and Money

Time is Money - and the GRL dynamic load testing solution saves a ton of time for contractors that need to include load tests costs in their bids - and the solution requires no reaction piles to be installed . . . more

The DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee Recently Launched the Fund Raising Campaign to Fund the Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Study

The fund raising campaign is being led by Publisher and DFI member, Bill Bonekemper, and he is extremely excited to announce a great start for the campaign thanks to several progressive-minded companies that have stepped up to lead the way . . . more

Several DFI Members at the October Conference Volunteered to Help with Research and Design of a Helical Pile Design Guide

The first meeting was held on November 19th via a conference call, and team leader Wayne Thompson led the effort to develop the action plan . . . more

Evaluating Installation Disturbance of Helical Anchors in Clay From Field Vane Tests - a New Paper by Dr. Alan Lutenegger, John Erikson and Nicholas Williams

Dr. Alan Lutenegger, noted researcher and author of many papers on helical piles and anchors, and two University of Massachusetts colleagues recently released a paper that documents the results of field vane tests conducted on helical anchor installations in clay soils . . . more

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NEW  ECP’s One Step Solar Foundation System is a Proven Winner for the Solar Power Industry

The round shaft helical pile solution provides the ultimate solution for fast and cost effective solar array foundations that can be loaded immediately after installation . . . more

NEW  Ram Jack is First Helical Pile Manufacturer to Receive 2015 IBC Compliance for Its ESR-1854 Report

ICC-ES requires manufacturers to renew ESR product evaluation reports every two years, and now Ram Jack’s ESR-1854 is in compliance with the 2015 IBC . . . more

NEW  Hubbell Power Systems Receives City of Los Angeles Research Report - LARR #25984

Approval for Chance type SS5 and SS175 helical foundation systems . . . more

Foundation Supportworks Receives LARR Research Report from the City of Los Angeles

FSI’s HP288 helical pile product was recently awarded certification for use on remedial repair projects within the City of Los Angeles . . . read about it now

Ram Jack Inventor & Founder Receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Steve Gregory, inventor of the Ram Jack foundation repair system and holder of (20) U.S. and international patents, recently received the award from East Central University . . . more

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NEW Foundation Supportworks Teams with Foundation Supportworks of Ontario to Install (58) Helical Piles for Wall Rehab at Ontario Science Center

Existing wooden retaining walls needed replacing on steep and wooded slopes and access to the site presented significant challenges . . . read about it now

NEW  Scobbo Foundations Installs (304) Large Diameter Helical Piles for a New Shopping Mall & Parking Garage in Eastchester, NY

The site had a large amount of debris in fill layers, substantial ground water - not to mention snow and freezing temps . . . more

NEW  Structural Systems Repair Group Installs (16) Helical Piles for New Foundation Wall to Convert Old Bakery Building to Men’s Drop Inn Center

SSRG gets the call to install all (16) piles in one day to keep the project on its very tight deadline . . . more

NEW Earth Contact Products Teams with Clarkson Construction for a Challenging Bridge Project on I-70 in Kansas City

MDOT determined that the bridge required new hinge plates, which necessitated a demanding temporary support solution using helical piles . . . read about it now

Earth Contact Products Teams with EPP Concrete to Install (8) 1.75” RCS Helical Tieback Anchors to Support Foundation Wall at St. Patrick’s Church

ECP torque anchors were used to stabilize an existing 13 ft. tall foundation wall during excavation for an addition to the church located in Lincoln, NE . . . read about it now

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Gulf Breeze, FL Home Saved from Massive Storm Damage Because of Helical Piles

On April 29th last year, the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Pensacola, FL in a 24 hour period destroyed or severely damaged many, many houses, but this house was saved by helical piles . . . more

Affordable and Efficient House Raising Solution for Jersey Shore Homeowners

Ram Jack Foundation Solutions owner Rick Sykes teams with Ram Jack Corporate to develop the “Sandy Bracket” for raising Jersey Shore houses to meet FEMA regulations . . . more

Ram Jack Foundation Solutions Has Perfected Its Seawall and Bulkhead

Repair Technique

A patent pending system and years of experience has provided owner Rick Sykes and his team with a cost effective repair solution for damaged seawalls and bulkheads . . . more

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