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Helical Pile Solutions, Ltd Purchases the Assets of (Bankrupt) Helical Pier Systems

The court ordered approval of the sale was executed on January 22, 2020 - just (15) days from the date of Helical Pier Systems being placed into receivership - Same Location - Many of the Same Personnel - a Fresh Start . . . more

Helical Pier Systems (HPS) Files for Bankruptcy

With manufacturing locations in Alberta and Texas, HPS has been one of the largest helical pile manufacturers and installer specializing in the electric utility marketplace as well as the oil and gas markets.  Bankruptcy was declared by the court on January 4 this year . . . more

GoliathTech Piles Identifies a Serious Three-Pronged Problem for Helical Piles in Parts of Canada

(1) Manufacturers Taking Shortcuts to Win Projects

(2) Installers Not Installing Piles Correctly

(3) Local & National Code Officials Not Enforcing Codes and Certifications

. . . more

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Publishes Helical Pile Foundation Design Guide

The Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee of DFI prepared this document as a reference for engineers, contractors, building officials, and other construction trade practitioners for the design and review of helical pile foundation and helical anchor projects . . . more

BIG BIG Shoes to Fill - as Mark Bryant Takes the Reigns as Chairman of the DFI Helical Piles & Tiebacks Committee (HPTC) Following Gary Seider’s Six-Year Chairmanship

Hubbell-Chance’s Engineering Manager, Gary Seider, recently decided to bring his six-year run as the HPTC committee’s chairman to end, and MacLean Power Systems Civil Products Division Engineering Manager, Mark Bryant was announced as the next chairman . . . more

A Team of CTL Thompson Engineers Recently Managed the Static Load Tests Completed at the HPW-DFI Helical Piles Tiebacks Anchors Tradeshow & Educational Seminar

Planning for the numerous load tests to be completed at the event began nearly a year ago with CTL’s Wayne Thompson heading up the team . . . more

Techno Metal Post Alaska Continues Repairing Damaged Structures Resulting from Last November’s Earthquake Near Anchorage

TMP Alaska crews installed (7) helical tieback anchors to depths ranging from 14-23 feet in order to move the wall back about 6” to its original position . . . more

Terracana Installs (91) Helical Piles to Rebuild the Foundation of a Power Substation

An industrial fire destroyed one of the station’s transformers, and the new foundation had to installed while the other transformers remained active . . . more

Helical Pile Industry 2017 Review and 2018 Outlook

Recently HPW conducted a survey that included six helical pile manufacturers and two distributors to gather data and insight into sales volume activity in 2017 versus 2016.  The survey also includes the groups’ outlook and forecasts for sales in 2018 . . . more

AD HOC Committee of Helical Pile Manufacturers Recently Began the AC358 Revision Process

On December 18, 2018 the Ad Hoc Committee of Helical Pile Manufacturers participated in a conference call meeting to begin the process of revising AC358 and the ESR report format . . . more

Structures Supported by Techno Metal Post Helical Piles Withstand 2016 and 2018 Alaska Earthquakes

After the November earthquake that struck Anchorage, TMP Alaska installer Dave Northrup examined structures supported by helical piles he and his crews installed, and none of them experienced any foundation settlement or other damage . . . more

HPW Polls Helical Pile and Anchor Manufacturers to Determine the Combined Annual Revenue for Products Sold Into both the Civil and Utility Markets - Incredible Growth Over the Last Ten or So Years

The majority of manufacturers are willing to share revenue numbers while others have no interest in sharing at all.  The result of the survey yields what we feel is an accurate approximation of annual revenues for U.S. manufacturers for both the civil and utility markets . . . more

Helical Pile Industry 2016 Review and 2017 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 2016 versus 2015.  The survey also includes the groups’ outlook and forecasts for sales in 2017 . . . more

A Snapshot Look at Average Installed Helical Pile Prices Across the United States

What is the average cost of a 20’ deep helical pile?  HPW is asked this question frequently, and our first response is . . . more

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

Techno Metal Post of Alaska Owner, Dave Northup, has Spent the Last Seven Years Building his Business by Successfully Installing Helical Piles in Some Extremely Harsh Conditions

Starting with (1) installation machine in 2011, Dave and his team have grown the business to include (6) machines, and they are doing projects all over Alaska . . . 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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