Thanks to piles, which can be made from timber, steel or concrete, we can construct large buildings on sites where soil conditions aren’t ideal. Essentially, piles allow the weight of a building to bypass the soft surface of the ground on which they lie, which ensures structural integrity and – more importantly – the safety of people operating inside the building and the structure itself.
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However, because piles are usually hidden, it’s important to question their quality, especially in older structures which need demolishing or altering. You may also want to conduct a pile integrity test prior to construction to ensure the foundations will remain intact without requiring frequent maintenance.
Before the 1970s, direct investigative methods were the only way to conduct a pile test. Engineers had to excavate areas surrounding the pile foundations to assess their condition, but this method only uncovers flaws in the outer or exposed part of the piles up to a few metres in depth. Core drilling, another pile testing method, provides more comprehensive information at larger depths than excavation pile tests. However, only a small fraction of the foundation pile volume can be investigated.
Since the 1970s, we’ve developed new ways to conduct pile integrity tests that provide more accurate and complete data. These methods, which may include nuclear radiation, short-wave imaging, long-wave imaging or a combination of them all, are non-intrusive, which makes them much safer and more reliable than the dated pile tests discussed above. Hiring a team of qualified engineers who boast a wealth of experience and regulatory compliance knowledge is crucial, which is why so many companies highly recommend us.
At Marginal Field, we’ve established ourselves as a leading pile integrity test service in Australia and beyond. We serve industries ranging from offshore oil rigging and shipbuilding to mining and defence, and we’ve worked on projects in every state as well as nations such as Dubai and Singapore. Here are just some reasons why you can trust us to carry out your pile test:
We’re a team of qualified professionals
Our employees include engineers, consultants, equipment manufacturers and even shipbuilders, meaning you can trust we have the required knowledge, experience and skillset to take on any project regardless of size or complexity.
We pay meticulous attention to detail
Gathering accurate data is crucial for the sake of your building’s structural integrity and safety. We use highly sophisticated imaging equipment to ensure near 100% accuracy in compliance with the most stringent quality regulations. We also triple-check our work for your peace of mind.
We excel in customer service
Our employees are just as friendly as they are professional, always taking the time to understand your unique needs to provide a tailored solution. Moreover, because we remain a small entity, we can keep our overheads down while providing a highly responsive service.
By browsing our past projects, you can gauge our capabilities and the quality of our work. If you want to discuss your needs or the importance of the pile integrity test with a team of exceptional engineers, call us on +61 (0)418 940 980. We’ll visit your site to assess your needs, provide an estimate and explain more about the benefits of our pile test services.