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What are MicroPiles / Soil Nails?

August 21st, 2015 by ocgdev

Micropiles and soil nails are essentially the same thing; the difference is in their application. Micropiles are used in tension and compression as load bearing tendons. Soil nails are typically used in steep slope or wall stabilization where the nails are installed beyond the soils’ failure plane (angle of internal friction). Both applications utilize a…

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What are Helical Piles?

August 21st, 2015 by ocgdev

Helical piles install into soils much the same way screws install into wood. The purpose of any pile is to transfer structure loads to a depth below grade where soil moisture content is stable and the soil strata is suitable for load bearing. Helical piles are unique because of their installation method. As the piles…

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How Much Does It Cost?

August 21st, 2015 by ocgdev

We wish it was that simple! There are many factors to consider in engineering a foundation repair, including but not limited to, underpinning pile type and method, depth of pile installations, pile spacing, equipment access to name a few. Therefore it is difficult to provide an accurate cost proposal without a thorough investigation. Some of…

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How Do We Fix It?

August 21st, 2015 by ocgdev

The most common foundation repair is “underpinning”. Deep foundation systems such as helical piles or micropiles are installed along the area of foundation to be repaired. After the installation is complete, the piles are connected to your existing foundation using engineered steel brackets. The load of the structure is then transferred from the soil to…

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Is My Foundation Failing?

August 20th, 2015 by ocgdev

Structure foundations serve the purpose of slowing the effect of gravity and other forces on a structure built on soils. Over time, foundations can become out of level through soil settlement and/or heave. Foundations are engineered to move uniformly as a unit, not differently (differential movement). Differential movement is the #1 cause of “Foundation Failure”….

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