October 16, 2018

If you’re a civil engineer, you know how important a building’s foundation is. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty parts of it, you may not know which pile options are best suited for your project. Chances are you may have never heard of micropiles, which are one of the better options for installing a deep foundation which may include rock drilling.

Not sure what a micropile is? Curious about why it’s important to your installation efforts? In this article, we’re covering everything you need to know about micropiles and why they’re important.

What are Micropiles?

Micropiles, commonly referred to as “mini-piles,” are elements constructed using high-quality, durable, small-diameter steel casings or threaded bar. They’re most frequently used when installing a deep foundation.

There are many reasons to use this pile type. Here are the most common reasons:

  • To provide structural support
  • To underpin your foundation
  • To transfer loads
  • To enhance mass stability

This pile option will help you underpin your foundation, minimize foundation settlement, and are ideal when installing in areas with difficult soil makeup.

How Does the Micropile Installation Process Work?

The first thing you need to do is dig a deep hole with a small diameter. Once you’ve cleared the space for the pile, you can lower that into the hole and apply torque to secure the pile. Then you fill the hole with a concrete grout mixture to keep everything in place.

After you let the structure settle, you can apply a support system to the top of the pile. This will distribute weight evenly and guarantee good contact with the supported foundation.

What are the Benefits of Micropile?

This pile option is one of the most practical and cost-effective solutions. It offers easy installation with its compact, lightweight nature, and is great for confined or remote areas like steep slopes, basements, overpasses, and even river pier foundations and wetlands. It also can be installed at various angles and is capable of resisting axial and lateral loads.

This option is ideal for rocky areas because they can be secured within the rock, and actually draw load bearing capabilities from it. It’s also more easily installed in congested areas, and since it’s installed vertically, it can be used for tight spaces that machines can’t get to.

It’s great for situations when you actually need to repair your foundation. But its main benefit is that it’s durable and cost-effective and take far less time to install than other pile options.

Final Thoughts on Micropiles

If you’re installing a deep foundation or repairing an existing one, micropiles can make your job easier. They can reduce project costs, shorten your project timeline, and make installation a breeze. By reviewing the content of this article, you can know all the information you need to determine if this pile system is the best move for you.

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Micropiles: Everything You Need to Know, Industry TodayKashif Chaudhary
I began writing as a professional on my personal blog and then discovered my true calling, which is writing about technology, News, and gadgets in general. I am a technical writer, author, and blogger since 2010. An industry watcher that stays on top of the latest features, extremely passionate about juicy tech news and everything related to gadgets.

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