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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

Helical Pile Shake Table Testing Video is a * MUST SEE *

This first-of-a-kind compelling video footage will be shown for the first time by Dr. Amy Cerato as part of her presentation at the DFI SuperPile’16 Conference on June 8th in Chicago . . . more

A+ Grade for University of Oklahoma’s Dr. Amy Cerato and Her Helical Pile Seismic Testing Team at the University of California San Diego NEES Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table

This author was honored to have witnessed days of extremely detailed preparation by Dr. Cerato and her team of grad students, a tremendous effort by the contracting crew . . . more

DFI Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Testing at the UCSD Shake Table Facility in San Diego is in High Gear with the First Test Scheduled to Take Place This Week

Dr. Amy Cerato and her team have been working some long hours to get all of the instrumented piles installed and ready for testing to begin . . . 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 by 296 people through December 2015, so we want to remind educators and others that may not be aware of its existence to learn about this valuable helical pile and helical anchor educational resource now. . . more

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The DFI Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Study research team recently accepted the opportunity to use the University of California San Diego shake table - the largest in the U.S. - to perform full-scale seismic load tests on helical piles early next year.  It took some serious work to make this happen . . . more

Michael Perlow, Jr., P.E. has Submitted Excerpts to HPW from a DFI Journal Paper Entitled Helical Pile Drilled Foundations

The intent of the submittal to HPW is to offer a proposed helical pile design methodology that is based upon the 2006 Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual . . . read the paper now

GRL Engineers has Re-Designed Its APPLE VII Dynamic Compression Load Testing System for Helical Piles

The APPLE VII is a totally self-contained system that ships easily and sets up quickly at job sites.  Now it is possible to complete multiple dynamic ASTM D4945 compression load tests economically in a single day . . . more

International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) and CTL/Thompson are Asking for Help from Helical Pile Manufacturers in Order to Modify AC358 to Include Pile Diameters Larger than 3.50 Inches

Moncef Souissi of CTL/Thompson has published a survey form designed to gather information and opinions about how best to proceed with expanding AC358 to include helical piles with diameters greater than 3.50 inches . . . click here to access the survey

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

The 2015 DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Seminar was Held in Newark, NJ on September 10th  with Several Speakers Making Presentations on Repair and Rebuilding Activities Resulting from Super Storm Sandy

With the new FEMA flood codes in place, many homeowners along the coastline have made commitments to raise their existing house or build a new one with eight feet or more of elevation, and helical piles are providing the preferred foundation solution for contractors . . . more

GRL Engineers Conducts Two Dynamic Load Tests in One Day on Chance® Helical Pulldown MicropilesTM on a Project in Jersey City

Before McAuliffe Contractors could proceed with the installation of (105) Chance Helical Pulldown Micropiles, GRL Engineers was contracted to conduct two load tests using their Dynamic Load Test system (APPLE) that is not only fast but also eliminates the need for reaction piles . . . more

PENGO Announces Lower Prices for Its TruLink Torque System

The system is now available in (4) class sizes ranging from a 45mm pin to a 114mm pin and it can measure torque up to 300,000 ft. lbs. . . . more

Deep Excavation, LLC Publishes a List of Lateral Load Tests Calibrated with HelixPile 2015TM Software Capabilities

HelixPile 2015 is now the only commercially available helical pile software to include settlement response and lateral load analysis capabilities.  The company has now posted (4) load test results on their site . . . more

The DFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Research Study is Now in High Gear

Dr. Amy Cerato and her research team are hard at work on Task #1 of the Helical (Screw) Pile Seismic Research Study - literature review and compilation.  Also, fund raising efforts are being stepped up as new volunteers have joined the team . . . 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRL Engineers High Strain Dynamic Load Test Case Study for Helical Pile Project at Dow Chemical Site

A case study on High Strain Dynamic Load Tests (HSDLT) on (4) 9.63” diameter helical piles with 20” - 24” helix bearing plates at a Dow Chemical project site in Midland, MI. . . . more

A New Standard for Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) - ASTM A1085

Wayne Thompson from CTL/Thompson provides insight on the new specification and the potential impact for the helical pile industry . . . more

A Potentially Uneven Playing Field has been Created for the Helical Pile Industry by the International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES™)

HPW challenges ICC-ES staff to re-examine the recently issued ESR-2794 - the code certification for two A.B. Chance round corner square shaft helical pile products and related caps and brackets.  Several questions are raised about the relative adherence to the guidelines for capacity verifications as defined in AC358 - the acceptance criteria for helical piles and helical pile systems . . . more on this editorial opinion

Historic Colorado Floods - Unimaginable Destruction, Pain and Suffering Plus Enormous Rebuilding Costs

It is very hard for anyone not affected by the recent Colorado floods to imagine the scope of the devastation and the physical and emotional pain inflicted upon residents and businesses.  Helical piles will be an important component in the rebuilding efforts . . . more

GRL Engineers Perfects Dynamic Load Testing for Helical Piles

Much faster than static load testing and also less expensive – as much as 50% less . . . more

ICC-ES Approves a Few Significant Changes to AC358

Finally some much needed changes to AC358 have been approved by ICC-ES that should simplify the certification process somewhat and lower some of the testing costs . . . more

Survey on Current Practices in Helical Piles and Helical Anchors

The DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee is currently conducting an online survey to acquire as much information as possible to prepare a comprehensive study on the use, design and installation of helical piles and anchors . . . learn more about the survey here

PENGO Posts TruLink Torque Monitoring System Video on YouTube

New video takes viewers through the TruLink features and operation . . . more

Accreditation - How Far Does It Go?

So you finally got your accreditation, after months of pulling your hair out and cussing out various people at assorted 3 letter organizations (CTL, IAS, IRS, CIA, etc).  Now what?   . . . more

PENGO Announces TruLinkTM an All New Torque Monitoring System

TruLink TM measures direct torque, installation angle and depth, and the data is displayed in real time on an 8” touch screen that is easily mounted in an operator’s cab  . . . more

Dr. Mohammed Sakr’s Paper on Multiple Helical Pile Load Tests in Canadian Oil Sands Region

HPW technical advisor Dr. Mohammed Sakr’s paper details compression, tension and lateral load tests results on medium diameter piles with a single helix versus piles with two helicies . . . read it now

CTL Thompson Defines Accreditation and Quality Standards

IAS Lab Manager Moncef Souissi provides detailed insight into the world of the organizations that write and enforce accreditation and quality standards   . . . more

CTL Thompson Adds Turnkey Service for Helical Pile Manufacturers

The industry’s leading provider of helical pile testing services has added a valuable new turnkey service to help manufacturers expedite applications for submission to ICC-ES . . . more

Mr. Darin Willis, P.E. Joins HPW’s Technical Advisory Team

Bill Bonekemper, Publisher of HelicalPileWorld.com, recently announced that Darin Willis, P.E. has joined the HPW Technical Advisors Team.  Mr. Willis is Director of Engineering for Ram Jack Systems Distribution and has many years of experience in both the helical pile industry and structural engineering . . . more

PRO-DIG-USA Announces DTC Calibration Service for Contractors

Contractors in need of calibrating or testing torque motors, augers, drive motors and Intelli-Torktm systems can now obtain DTC calibration certifications that are traceable to NIST standards . . . more

A Paper with Theoretical Equations for Predicting Installation Torque for Helical Pipe Piles

With a career spanning more than 35 years involving both the practical and engineering disciplines surrounding helical pile installations, Mr. Wayne Rogers, P.E. has developed a theory for predicting the required torque for the installation of helical pipe piles . . . more

ICC-ES AC358 Revisions are Approved - Finally!

After two long years of hard work and countless conference calls and meetings, the revised Acceptance Criteria for Helical Pile Systems and Devices (AC358) has finally been approved by the International Code Council (ICC)  . . . more

Introducing HAL - Heritage Anchor Lift from HEAT Manufacturing

HAL is a new and revolutionary helical tieback anchor and helical pile installation system for foundation repair contractors . . . more

PENGO Introduces Two New Products

Major torque motor manufacturer announces two new products - Long Reach Drive & New Series DV Drive . . . more

PRO-DIG-USA Releases Intelli-Tork TM Instructional Video

A tip of the hat goes to team PRO-DIG-USA on the release of a very, very well done instructional video on their industry-leading Intelli-TorkTM wireless torque, angle and depth monitoring system . . . more

Torque Motor Calibration

The importance of accurate torque readings for helical pile installation projects has never been more important.  Industry expert, Chip Leadbetter, provides valuable insight into the science and practical application challenges . . . more

PRO-DIG-USA Publishes Intelli-TorkTM Specification for Engineers

Digital file of Intelli-TorkTM specification now available for engineers to include in helical pile project specifications   . . . more

CTL/Thompson Offers Unique Services for Helical Pile Industry

A traditional geotechnical engineering services company seizes a unique opportunity by starting important new services for the helical pile industry . . . more

PRO-DIG-USA - Intelli-Tork Wireless Actual Torque Monitoring

Helical pile installation actual torque displayed in real time on one or more wireless PDA’s – It’s About Time!. . . more

PRO-DIG-USA - Intelli-Tork Wireless Torque Monitoring

Helical pile installation torque displayed in real time on one or more wireless PDA’s – It’s About Time!. . . more

Helical Piles - An Effective Foundation System for Solar Plants

HPW Technical Advisory Team Member, Dr. Mohammed Sakr, has provided a case history on the use of helical piles as foundations for a solar plant located in Ontario, Canada. . . read it now

New Technical Paper on Effects of Corrosion on Helical Piles

HPW Technical Advisory Team Member, Mr. Kevin Davies, develops a very comprehensive presentation on corrosion and the effects on helical piles.   HPW wishes to thank the Institute of Helical Pile Engineering for sharing Mr. Davis’s presentation. . . read it now

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