What is the Installation Process of Pre-Construction Piers?

  • Your engineer’s installation design is reviewed and installation points are marked off in cooperation with your building contractor.
  • The Helical Piers are hydraulically torque driven into the soils to the specified depths.
  • The excess pipe is cut at the bottom of the proposed footer and the pipe is made ready for the top bracket.
  • The top bracket is welded to the top of the pier.
  • The process continues until all the Pre-Construction Piers are installed.
  • Worksite is cleaned up.

Use the Helical Pier Load Calculator to Determine Optimal Solutions

The recently launched Helical Pier Load Calculator is a welcomed addition to the tools engineers can use to improve their geotech construction needs. Helical Piers are an excellent choice for stabilizing existing structures that have been damaged due to settlement or to prevent future settlement. Their main function is to support and stabilize the load-bearing walls. The weight of the structure is transferred off the weak soils and onto the Helical Piers but they require significant care in planning and material selection. Programs such as this Helical Pier Load Calculator provide that support.

This engineering software platform gives designers the ability to analyze a variety of faced systems. The platform is available via Helicon’s website and, “will help designers to determine the optimal solutions for our respective clients” says Casey Messer, COO of Helicon.

The Helical Pier Load Calculator provides allowable load, size of pipes, and safety factors, allowing engineers to quickly and easily modify design characteristics such as reinforcement location, which is used to determine installation torque and allow load values. The tool produces results in real-time, ensuring accurate material quantity estimates for the load capacity of these piers.

The software integrates important industry design methodologies and convenience to provide for general information purposes. “The Helical Pier Load Calculator is just the latest example of Helicon’s commitment to developing innovative solutions that will advance the use of pre-construction helical piers in the current geotech construction ecosystem here in the state of Florida with the potential for expansion into new markets outside the state,” said Jay Silver, President of Helicon. Silver went on to say, “We are proud of this technology and the value it will bring to our partners in the design community.”