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Phases I, II & III of the DFI Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Study are Now Completed and Results are Available

Phase I - Dr. Amy Cerato’s paper titled “A Critical Review: State of Knowledge in Seismic Behavior of Helical Piles” is available for downloading.  Phase II - the full-scale shake table load tests are completed.  Phase III - all data from shake table testing are available for downloading . . . more

Torcsill Foundations Announces the Appointment of Richard Knapp as Vice President of Operations

Knapp will be based in the Pasadena headquarters and will have oversight of all activities within the Manufacturing and Construction Services divisions . . . read about it now

DIGGA's Impressive Line of Anchor Drives - Plus Several More Innovative Solutions for Helical Pile Installers

From initially operating out of a phone booth in Brisbane Caravan Park Australia in 1981, to building an international supplier of helical anchor and auger drive products, DIGGA founder Stewart Wright’s vision has grown well beyond the company’s first small factory located in Brisbane in 1982 . . . more

DFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Research Study Update

Phase I - Literature Review - of the study is now complete as Dr. Amy Cerato recently submitted the final (91) page paper to the DFI for publication . . . more

Torcsill Foundations Recently Announced the Appointment of Tim Swift as Company’s General Manager

Previously Swift was director of manufacturing and also had leadership roles in district management and sales . . . more

CTL | Thompson Founder Bob Thompson has Been Named as the 2017 Recipient of the ENR Mountain States Legacy Award

CTL | Thompson is the largest full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm headquartered in Denver, and the company has the only helical pile testing lab in the world that can perform all tests required by ICC-ES AC358 - acceptance criteria for helical piles  . . . more

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has Decided to Offer Code Certification Service for Helical Piles for Recognition by the International Residential Code (IRC)

Does the U.S. helical pile industry really need another certification – especially one that is restricted to just the residential marketplace . . . more

Rick Sykes, Perfects House Lifting Process for Coastal Homes to Meet the Revised BFE Code

Sykes worked closely with Ram Jack corporate engineers to develop the Sandy Bracket and then teamed with a house moving professional to perfect the lifting process . . . more

Helical Pile Industry 2015 Review and 2016 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 2015 versus 2014.  The survey also includes the groups’ outlook and forecasts for sales in 2016 . . . more

HPW is Pleased to Welcome TEK Piles as a New Participant on Our Site

TEK Piles and TEK Construction Services is a full service construction company specializing in helical pile foundation systems and serving the Marcellus and Utica shale gas midstream industry . . . more

Deep Foundations Institute Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee is Successful in Obtaining $34,000 in Funding to Launch a Pilot Study on Helical Pile Behavior in Soils Susceptible to Liquefaction from Seismic Events

The DFI Technical Committee Projects Fund Selection Committee contributes $20,000, and Ram Jack Systems Distribution donates $14,000 to complete the necessary funding of Dr. Ramin Motamed’s liquefaction study proposal . . . more

DIGGA’s 12ALS Torque Motor with ECV Anti-Kickback Valve & Integrated Pressure Relief is Featured on a (48) Helical Pile Project at MIT in Cambridge, MA

The helical pile installer purchased the DIGGA 12ALS torque motor to install the piles for supporting the relocated structures . . . more

Ram Jack of South Carolina Responded Immediately to an Urgent Request to Help Save a House in Columbia, SC During the Recent Historic Flooding from Hurricane Joaquin

Flood waters washed away the soils and part of the house foundation, and without emergency expert help from the Ram Jack foundation team, the house would have surely been destroyed . . . read about it now

DIGGA’s SD80 60K Anchor Drive Equipped with the Ryno Hitch was Just What the Contractor Needed to Install (120) PierTech 8.625” O.D. Hercules Piles in Tough Texas Caliche Soils

The caliche soils in Texas are notoriously tough to penetrate, so the combination of the SD80 motor with the Ryno Hitch mounted on a large excavator and the high capacity Hercules piles from PierTech was a winning combination . . . more

A Close Up Look at Ten Helical Pile Manufacturers’ Products

HPW presents a detailed look at helical pile products manufactured by ten of the industry’s leading manufacturers - Earth Contact Products, Foundation Supportworks, GoliathTech, Helical Anchors, Inc., Hubbell-Chance, IDEAL Foundation Systems, MacLean Power Systems - Civil Products Division, Patriot Foundation Systems, Ram Jack Systems Distribution and Techno Metal Post    . . . more

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

A Reminder to Our Civil Engineering Educators - DFI’s University PowerPoint Presentation on Helical Piles and Anchors has Been a Very Popular Download for Academicians

Since its introduction in June 2014, the University PowerPoint presentation has been downloaded many hundreds of times, so we want to remind all educators and others that may not be aware of its existence to learn about this valuable helical pile and helical anchor educational resource . . . more

How Good is Your Weld?

CTL Thompson design engineer, Wayne Thompson, P.E., presents an engineer’s perspective about the pitfalls and significant consequences of having (potential) weld failures on helical piles during installation . . . more

DIGGA’s SD70 Supa Series Anchor Drive with 50,000 Plus Torque Rating was a Real Workhorse for this (450) Large Diameter Helical Project

CMI Structural Solutions had a challenging site on their hands for the installation of (450) 5.50” helical piles near Rochester, NY, but the SD70 with the DIGGA Ryno Cradle Mount made the installation go much faster . . . more

A GREAT BIG THANKS Goes Out to Two Members of the DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee for Their Tireless Commitment to Gain Approval for Code Changes for Helical Piles in the 2015 IBC

The arduous process has taken more than a year and many, many hours of conference calls and code language reviews before being approved on October 25th at the IBC hearing in Kansas City . . . more

Gina Beim, P.E. and Founder of MCDA Consulting Offers Insight About the Challenges of Marketing to Engineers and Other Technical Folks

Gina explains the marketing and sales challenges facing owners and executives of engineering and other technical services companies, and she offers solutions designed to help bridge these obstacles to achieve successful growth . . . more

ICC-ES Approves Requested Changes to AC358 from Ad Hoc Committee Members to Include Larger Diameter Helical Pile Products

Round shaft products with diameters up to 4.50” and square shaft products with diameters up to 3.00” are now covered under AC358 . . . more

DIGGA U.S.A. Introduces the Telescopic Piling Extension (TPE)

The new TPE increases a skid steer loader’s reach for added helical pile installation reach and depth . . . more

DIGGA U.S.A. Introduces the MM-10K Anchor Drive

New MM - 10K anchor drive delivers 10,378 ft-lbs of theoretical torque and has been engineered for maximum maneuverability for projects with tight overhead conditions . . . more

DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee 2016 Annual Seminar was Recently Held in Ontario, CA Near Los Angeles

This year’s seminar featured several presentations on helical piles and their ability to withstand loads generated during a seismic event.  Attendees were glued to the screen when the University of Oklahoma’s Dr. Amy Cerato presented an eleven minute (must see) video of the UCSD shake table testing event conducted earlier this year . . . more

PENGO’S “Revolution - R Series” of Torque Motors Provide Installers with Many Great of Options

PENGO, with headquarters located in Laurens, IA, proudly boasts to having one of the most comprehensive and complete line of torque motors (also known as drive motors) available for the helical pile industry . . . more

PENGO Recently Announced the Addition of Steve Emsley as the Company’s Western Region Manager

Steve brings over 35 years of customer focused sales and marketing experience, and he has spent the last ten years in sales in the foundation equipment business with Kelley Tractor and Hercules Machinery . . . read about it now

DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee is Pursuing ASTM Standards for Testing Helical Pile Steel Components

Moncef Souissi, IAS Lab Technical Manager for CTL Thompson, first introduced the concept of adding this testing standard to AC358 - the ICC-ES acceptance criteria for helical piles . . . more

PENGO Recently Announced the Addition of Katie Maim as the Company’s New Marketing Communications Specialist

Katie has a B.S. In Marketing from Iowa State University and previously worked at the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines . . . read about it now

Helical Pile Manufacturers Come Together (Again) to Consider Changes to ICC-ES AC358 for Larger Diameter Helical Piles

Recently a conference call took place to address the issues surrounding updating the International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) Acceptance Criteria AC358 for Helical Piles Systems and Devices . . . 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

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