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The Pros and Pros of Helical Piles

Written on July 5, 2019 at 11:36 am, by

They have been around since 1833 but helical piles are yet to reach their full capacity as the innovative and brilliant examples of engineering that they are. Helical piles were invented by a civil engineer from Ireland called Alexander Mitchell, who was, astoundingly, blind. He won the Telford Medal for his invention and then three  Continue Reading »

Helical Piles – Better than Concrete?

Written on June 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm, by

Understanding the key differences between helical piles and concrete is vital before you can begin to cast judgement on which is better. Helical piles consist of a steel shaft which has a plate welded to the exterior surface; this plate assists the screwing in motion of the device as it is inserted into the earth  Continue Reading »

Helical Piles – Questions Answered

Written on June 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm, by

Unless you are in the industry or have had reason to research, it’s possible that you have many questions about helical piles and what they are. Here are some in-depth questions and answers to cover the most important facts. What is a helical pile? In short, it’s a device for building foundations on any type  Continue Reading »

Prefab Homes on the Rise in the UK

Written on June 14, 2019 at 12:27 pm, by

Sometimes known as manufactured homes, what older generations in the UK will call Prefabricated homes are on the rise in the UK. The old prefabs of post war Britain are mostly long gone, though a few remain as monuments to a simpler time. Built as temporary answers to a housing problem after the war when  Continue Reading »

Soil Types and How They Affect Buildings

Written on June 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm, by

Soil varies enormously depending on geographical position. Country by country and county by county, soil types are different and even in areas where the soil is quite uniform there are always anomalies…spots where the ground is particularly chalky or unstable. All buildings need a strong foundation or the structure simply won’t last. Unstable ground makes  Continue Reading »

Helical Piles for Boardwalks

Written on May 31, 2019 at 4:21 pm, by

Boardwalks are an important feature in wildlife sanctuaries and in protected wetland areas where sensitive wildlife needs to be protected. The minimum disturbance is preferable when allowing pedestrians into the area to observe and enjoy the landscape. Usually elevated to allow for the ground beneath to be undisturbed, elevated boardwalks are an important feature in  Continue Reading »

Sinking Foundations

Written on May 24, 2019 at 12:16 pm, by

Sinking foundations are caused mainly by unstable ground and are a big problem for the owner of any building. The signs of a sinking foundation are quite obvious once you know what to look for. A sideways slant to a building is one of the most obvious warnings that all is not well beneath the  Continue Reading »

Helical Piles in Architectural Preservation

Written on May 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm, by

Helical piles have been slowly but surely coming to note across the globe as people begin to realise how broad they can be in their application. Not only are helical piles the best choice for building on unstable ground, they’re also cost-effective and ecologically friendly and in recent years they’ve been proving themselves valuable in  Continue Reading »

10 Interesting Facts About Helical Piles

Written on May 10, 2019 at 11:05 am, by

Unless you work in the industry or have had reason to do your research, it’s unlikely that you know much about helical piles. We’ve put together 10 interesting facts for you, which will hopefully answer any questions you may have, but if you have any more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Helical piles  Continue Reading »

Helical Piles in Extreme Weather

Written on May 3, 2019 at 3:04 pm, by

Helical piles have been around for many years, but they are yet to reach their full capacity as the excellent, ground-breaking examples of engineering that they are. They are used in many environments, including houses, bridges, telegraph poles and wind turbines, due to their versatility. But how to helical piles perform in extreme weather conditions?  Continue Reading »

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