Pile Testing

Australian Piling experts

Piles are often taken for granted after they’re in place. However, just like any other structural members of the building process these structures can also fail and cause settlement or damage. – which is why it’s important to test them at an early stage!

The piles serve as foundation support – they bear weight from above (roof) while absorbing everything else like sound waves and pressure fluctuations beneath their surface.

The 3 types of Pile testing we recommend are: Dynamic Load Testing, Static Load Testing and lastly Pile Integrity Testing as detailed below.


Dynamic Load Test

where the pile is loaded over a very short direction by applying dynamic loading. This test requires more details to interpret than static load applications and as such cannot be directly compared in results; however for driven piles it’s similar to using a hammer with the same weight capacity as used in the initial installation process.


Static Load Test – Screw pile

A static load test is used to determine how strong a screw pile will be when loaded gradually and then released. This type of testing mimics what happens in real life, so it’s usually considered the best way for loading data collection purposes–it also lets you see whether there are any problems beforehand by monitoring reaction or surface footing loads before making any assumptions about your project based on one set point stress level!


Pile Integrity Test –Bored piles

Pile integrity testing is an essential part to quality control in either cast-in place or precast concrete because it can detect structural defects such as cracks and changes in cross sections that might be caused by installation errors; this process also has high levels of distraction tolerance making it a NDT method (Non Distracted Test). The test will evaluate the continuity and consistency from pile material length, both radial averaged bending strength achieved through sectioning longitudinally along its full depth at 30 degree increments—and axial shear force analysis performed on those samples where there was enough circumferential data available.

This test measures the integrity of concrete bored piles. It does not provide any information regarding how much stress is placed on each section or where it’s located in relation to other sections, limiting its effectiveness when evaluating overall bearing capacity for cracks that cross into an entire pile’s cross-section depth – as seen with dynamic loading tests like jack hammering.


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