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Ram Jack’s ESR-1854 is the Second ICC-ES Certification to Comply with the Revised AC358

by Bill Bonekemper

July 10, 2013

The International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) approved the Acceptance Criteria for Helical Foundation Systems and Devices (AC358) in June 2007.  Ram Jack was the first helical pile manufacturer to meet all the requirements and receive their Evaluation Service Report (ESR-1854) on February 1st, 2011.  It took 3 1/2-years for Ram Jack to receive their ESR.  It is a very long and thorough process.  To date, only three other helical manufacturers have received ESR reports since Ram Jack’s report was first issued.

When AC358 was first approved in 2007, it was based on the 2006 International Building Code (IBC).  Since most of the country has now adopted the 2009 IBC, it was necessary for ICC-ES to revise AC358 to bring the acceptance criteria up to date with the 2009 and 2012 IBC.  This was done in January, 2013 with the most recent revision taking place in June of this year. When ICC-ES revised AC358, they mandated that existing report holders had to update their ESR reports to the new AC358 by December 1st, 2013 or have their reports suspended until compliance with the new AC358 could be shown.

Ram Jack has not only met the mandated deadline to update their ESR report by ICC-ES, they have also added another product to their report - a 3.50” diameter helical pile. The 3.50” helical pile includes a new construction bracket, a side load bracket, and the helical pile has a 14,000 ft-lb torque rating. In addition, the torque rating on Ram Jack’s 2.875” diameter helical pile was increased to 8,200 ft-lbs.  ICC-ES also increased the capacities of several of Ram Jack’s existing brackets.

The list of Ram Jack products certified in the revised ESR-1854 (click here to read ESR-1854) includes:

  1. 4021.1 Side load bracket (2.875” pile)
  2. 4021.55.1 Side load bracket (3.50” pile)
  3. 4038.1 Side load bracket (2.875” pile)
  4. 4039.1 Side load bracket (2.875” pile)
  5. 4075.1 New construction bracket (2.875” pile)
  6. 4076.1 New construction bracket (3.50” pile)
  7. 4079.1 New construction bracket (2.875” pile)
  8. 4093.1 Slab bracket (2.875” pile)
  9. 4550.2875.1 Tieback assembly (2.875” pile)
  10. 2.875” Outside diameter x 0.217” wall helical pile
  11. 3.50” Outside diameter x 0.254” wall helical pile

There are several reasons why engineers and building officials require ESR reports.  Here is a list of a few reasons that enable engineers to specify a helical pile system with confidence:

  • An ESR report includes the load capacity of the product that has been independently verified by an accredited testing laboratory and reviewed by ICC-ES
  • The report verifies if the product is compliant with the model building code (IBC)
  • Conditions of use that highlight aspects of use or compliance of the product with the building code are also reported.  For example, whether the system was evaluated as a braced or un-braced system.
  • The manufacturer must demonstrate that a quality control system is in place to ensure the manufacturer’s products are produced with consistent quality.  ICC-ES also requires the manufacturer to have quarterly inspections by an independent accredited inspection agency to verify quality control compliance in order to remain certified.

Contact Information:

Ram Jack Manufacturing

13655 County Road 1570

Ada, OK 74820

(888) 332-9909

The Revised AC358 (January, 2013) Mandated That ESR Report Holders Must Update Their Reports by December 1, 2013 or Have Their Reports Suspended Until Compliance is Verified