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NEW  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

HelicalPileWorld.com 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

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



NEW 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 HelicalPileWorld.com 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

NEW 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

NEW 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

NEW Deep Excavation is Offering a FREE Webinar on December 10th for Its HelixPile 2014TM Helical Pile Design Software Program

See also the software’s new detailed verification examples for calculating the ultimate axial capacity of a helical pile according to Vesic 1974 and Meyerhoff/Hansen method  . . . more

Bearing and Friction Design Capacity for Helical Anchors and Piles - Reintroduction of a Time-Tested Paper Authored by Gary Seider

CTL/Thompson’s Wayne Thompson finds a diamond in the rough with respect to helical pile and helical anchor design papers, and he is interested to see if others in the industry agree with him . . . more

Pengo Announces Two New Additions to Its Sales Management Team

A new foundation and drives manager and a new territory manager for the company’s eleven state southern region . . . more

Pengo Announces a New Revolution Series Torque Motor - 8,000 Ft Lbs of Torque in an 85 Lb Footprint

The "Revolution" continues at Pengo with the announcement of the NEW Revolution RS-6X hand-held anchor drive, and it is the ultimate solution for helical pile and helical anchor applications with limited access . . . more



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NEW IDEAL Group is Expanding

An industry leader in the manufacturing of large capacity helical piles is poised for expansion.  A totally redesigned website is a key component . . . more

White Paper - Hydraulic Drive Head Curves for Helical Pile Capacity

Foundation Supportworks Senior Applications Engineer, Don Deardorff, P.E., presents a white paper on the results of field tests on drive motors and hydraulic torque indicators . . . more

MacLean Power Systems Civil Group is Awarded a U.S. Patent for the Strength Squared Pipe Coupling System

The product is designed to redirect the installation torque into the coupler and welds to offer the needed material resistance in installation . . . more

Foundation Supportworks Announces a New Release of the Company’s Technical Manual

The manual was first released in 2010, and it has now been updated to include more technical information on helical piles, brackets and other products . . . more



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NEW Ram Jack of Oklahoma Installs (39) Helical Piles & (60) Push Piles to Lift & Stabilize a House that Settled (11) Inches

Home was built on cut and fill site and builder installed concrete piles to only (10) feet which caused severe settlement . . . more

NEW Helical Piles of NY is Contracted to Demo a House Damaged by Super Storm Sandy and Install (13) Helical Piles and Pour the New Elevated Foundation

House was severely damaged by Sandy, and the homeowner and the architect decided to replace the house with an elevation (2) feet above the BFE specification . . . more

NEW  FSI Teams with N Square to Install Helical Piles for Temporary Beach House by French Architect Charlotte Perriand

(18) helical piles and (4) helical tiebacks were used to secure this unique temporary house displayed at the 2013 Design Miami Fair . . . read about it now

FSI Teams with Foundation Supportworks of Central Iowa to Augment the Foundation of a Building in Downtown Des Moines - Built in 1909

Crew installs (14) helical piles and conducts a load test - all in the tight quarters of the building’s basement . . . 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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