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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

Climate Change - Hurricanes - Helical Piles

More severe storms with rising sea levels and greater tidal surges are wreaking havoc on coastal homes and businesses.  Helical Piles have been used successfully to repair damaged coastal structures, and professionals are starting to seek more information about their use for new construction and repair . . . more

Helical Pile Industry 2012 Review and 2013 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 2012 versus 2011.  The survey also includes the groups’ outlook and forecasts for sales in 2013 . . . more

ICC-ES and A.B. Chance / Hubbell Respond to HPW Editorial Opinion Concerning the Potential for an Uneven Playing Field Relative to ICC-ES Helical Pile Product Certifications

On August 16th HPW published an editorial opinion about the recently awarded code certification ESR-2794 for two A.B. Chance round corner square bar helical piles - the SS5 and the SS175 and related caps and brackets.  The link to the editorial opinion can be found below.  Since the editorial was published, HPW has been in discussion with representatives from both ICC-ES and A.B. Chance / Hubbell, and HPW has posted each company’s response letters . . . more

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee Has Released the Final Version of the Model Specification Helical Anchor Foundations Tension Applications

This final version of the specification has been approved by the DFI Technical Advisory Committee . . . more

Deep Excavation Has Just Released Its New Version of HelixPile 2014TM

Settlement prediction expanded for tension tests, linear creep included in soil modeling and full calculation report for design submittals plus additional enhancements  . . . more

CTL Thompson Expands in Fort Collins with Additional Staff and New Testing Facilities

The only IAS accredited helical pile testing facility is expanding its Fort Collins operation to enhance the company’s testing capabilities . . . more

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Introduces a University Presentation on Helical Piles and Anchors - Now Includes Narration by Dr. Samuel Clemence

The educational presentation provides introductory-level information for professors to use to introduce helical pile and anchor products and solutions to geotechnical engineering students . . . more

Industry Software Giant Deep Excavation Releases HelixPile 2014 TM Software for Designing Helical Pile Foundations

HelixPile 2014TM software represents a new method for estimating the settlement response of helical piles . . . more

HAL Gets High Marks from U.S. and International Helical Pile Installers

Since its 2012 introduction, HAL (Heritage Anchor Lift) customers credit the innovative helical pile installation system for improving installation efficiencies and significantly reducing labor costs . . more

A Word of Caution for Helical Pile Manufacturers about Material Specifications - Steel Yield & Ultimate Strength

CTL Thompson’s Wayne Thompson provides excellent insight and a word of caution for manufacturers who may experience fluctuations in yield and ultimate strength ratings from their steel suppliers . . . more

Helical Pile Connection Bolts - SAE or ASTM?

A few seemingly minor differences are in fact not so minor when

it comes to structural engineering calculations . . . more

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Foundation Supportworks Announces a New Version of HelixProTM Helical Pile and Tieback Design Software Program

The web-based software now includes (11) video tutorials to assist new users navigate the program from the home page to printing a report. . . more

MPS Civil Visits the Windy City and Exhibits in AIA 2014

The MPS Civil expo team had a very successful week at AIA 2014 . . . more

Hubbell - Chance Civil Construction Releases New Wireless Torque Indicator

Strain gauge - based system displays torque on the Base Unit and on a Wireless Display . . . more

Ram Jack Promotes Dr. Ranjith (Sam) Rosenberk, P.E. to Senior Engineer

Sam has been with Ram Jack for 4 ½ years and has designed foundation underpinning systems for projects in North and South America . . . read Sam’s Bio

MPS Civil Teaming with ASCE

MPS Civil was invited to speak at the Tuscaloosa, Alabama regional ASCE chapter on May 23rd  . . . more

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Helical Piles of New York Installs Helical Pile Deep Foundations for an Elevated House Project in Massapequa

The house foundation was badly damaged by Hurricane Irene then by Super Storm Sandy, and the crew had to tackle significant ground water and caving problems . . . more

Lipe Brothers Construction Installs (15) Helical Tiebacks to Repair a Large Serpentine Wall at the Historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth

A steep slope on one side of the wall necessitated that the crew use handheld equipment to install the helical tiebacks through 4” core holes . . . more

Foundation Supportworks Teams with Baker’s Waterproofing & Foundation Repair to Install (137) Helical Piles for New Bank Building

The location for the new building was right next to the existing bank building, and there was to be no interruption to customer service . . . read about it now

Ram Jack Foundation Repair Installs Helical Piles and Slab Brackets to Stabilize the Doorway to a Funeral Home Crematory Cooler

This critically important doorway needed to be fixed in one day and with minimal disturbance . . . read about it now

Ram Jack Alabama Installs (10) Helical Piles and Slab Lifting Brackets to Lift and Stabilize a Pool Deck

The sagging pool deck was lifted and stabilized in two days, and the pool remained in service the entire time . . . read about it now

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

On April 29th this 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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From the Editor

Torque Measuring for Helical Piles - Pengo TruLinkLoad Test Helical Piles - GRL Dynamic Load TestingHelical Pile Testing - ICC-ES Certfication - CTL ThompsonAdvertise on Helical Pile

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