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Pile testing can bring assurance to infrastructure projects

by Harvey Banks on Friday, September 07, 2012 9:00 AM
When major infrastructure construction projects are undertaken, it can often be more important than ever to carry out suitable pile testing, in order to ensure structural stability for the future.

Infrastructure projects typically see the greatest levels of heavy vehicle or pedestrian traffic – and often include very heavy vehicles like trains and planes.

Pile testing is a must, where this weight is to be placed on underground foundations, in order to keep the facility in good condition for many years to come.

And with infrastructure projects showing renewed signs of growth, it’s likely that demand for top-quality piling equipment will be high in the weeks to come.

ONS figures for the second quarter of 2012 show annual growth of 38.5% in infrastructure projects, despite a 20.4% quarterly decrease in new orders.

This is an indication that, despite short-term turbulence that still exists in the construction industry, the long-term trend is one of growth; all new orders, across the board, totalled an annual increase of 11.1% over the same period.

Choosing the right piling equipment and carrying out comprehensive testing to ensure stability could help to underpin this growth for the future, by preventing the need for delays or costly remedial work further down the line.

Copyright ©2012 Harvey Banks

Harvey Banks

The Elite Piling and Foundations Blog contains general information about piling and foundations. The articles are written by our managing director Harvey Banks who has over 20 years experience in the piling industry.