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Helical Piles 101: Strengthening Foundations

Posted by Kimberly Walters on Thu, Jul 25, 2019

When we drive across a bridge and see exposed rebar and chipped concrete, we assume the bridge needs attention. We may even wonder whether the bridge is safe. But when it comes to the safety and integrity of a bridge, there is much more at work than what we see above ground. A structure is only as good as its foundation. Beyond the superstructure, how do we ensure the strength and stability of a structure's foundation? One effective solution: helical piles.

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Fighting Scour with Articulating Block Mats

Posted by Dillon Hogan on Tue, Aug 7, 2018

Save Money with This Long-term Fix for Scour Problems

Scour poses a large threat to the stability of any structure that is partially or entirely underwater. It may develop slowly over time, or be brought on quickly by an intense rain event or seasonal flooding. In some cases, such as along a shoreline, scour can be very evident. In others, scour can go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Whether it is taking place around the footing of a bridge pier, along the base of a sheet pile wall, or along a tailrace on a dam, scour may not be evident until the structure begins to show signs above the water. At this point, the structure is beginning to fail and repairs must be done soon to avoid a total loss of integrity. Repairing scour and erosion issues that may be going unnoticed in any location is vital as it will save a lot of money in the long run, and extend the life of the structure.

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The Art of Replacing a Railroad Bridge

Posted by Dillon Hogan on Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Railroads don’t mess around when it comes to infrastructure upgrades. When bridges get replaced, they are often replaced with long-term solutions that will serve the railroad well into the future. Each bridge is a very small piece of an expansive system, however if it has to be taken out of service, the entire line may be shut down. Trains would have to be re-routed, time would be lost, and costs would go up. This is why in an expanse network of rail infrastructure; each bridge is a crucial piece.

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Effective Solutions for Underwater Scour Repair

Posted by Dillon Hogan on Wed, Feb 21, 2018

According to the United States Department of Transportation underwater scour is the leading causes of bridge failures, ahead of both collisions and overloading. Scour is defined as the erosion or removal of streambed or bank material from bridge foundations due to flowing water. As many bridges sit over water, the potential dangers of scour cannot be ignored. There are many solutions to scour problems. However, there are two options that we find the most effective.

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Discover the Value of Vinyl Sheet Piling

Posted by Samantha Schmitz on Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Traditionally when it comes to installing sheet piling around a bridge pier or along an embankment we think of steel sheet piling.  Steel sheet piling are the most common, and have been one of the most effective methods of installing a deep foundation.  They have a long history of providing a robust barrier through shaped, interlocking sheets that can last for 75+ years. 

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