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NEW A Close Up Look at Seven Helical Pile Manufacturers’ Products

HPW presents a detailed look at helical pile products manufactured by seven of the industry’s leading manufacturers - Ram Jack Systems Distribution, MacLean Power Systems - Civil Products Division - Foundation Supportworks - Hubbell-Chance - IDEAL Foundation Systems - Earth Contact Products and Empire Piers. . . more

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 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  CALL for PAPERS - DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Seminar September 10, 2015 in Newark, NJ

Seminar will feature presentations on the proper design, application and installation of helical piles for disaster relief . . . more

NEW  YA Engineering Announces Two Helical Piles Design, Installation and Testing Training Courses for May - Houston and Kissimee

The YA Engineering training courses are receiving excellent reviews from attendees, and two new seminars have been scheduled for May . . . more

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

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

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NEW Empire Piers Moves All Manufacturing and Offices to New Facility in Winfield, MO Northwest of St. Louis

The move consolidated two company operations previously located in Crestwood and Louisiana and was made necessary by the company’s rapid growth since its founding in 2009 . . . more

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

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

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

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

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NEW Ram Jack of South Carolina Installs (71) Helical Piles to Repair Slab and Foundation Settlement on the Marathon Commercial Center in Charleston

The installation of a flood control drainage canal at the rear of the structure caused settlement of the interior slab and the exterior foundation . . . read about it now

NEW Foundation Supportworks by Thrasher Installs (181) Helical Anchor Soil Nails and (9) Helical Tiebacks for a Major Addition to the Memorial Hospital in Seward, NE

In addition to constructing the soil nail wall, the existing foundation needed shoring with both helical anchors and hydraulically driven push piers . . . read about it now

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

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

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NEW  Ram Jack Southeast Opens New Office in Knoxville, TN

The new office will provide services in the northwest Georgia and eastern Tennessee regions . . . more

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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