Smart Structures News Bloghttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/RSS feeds for Smart Structures Inc.60http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/93689/Smart-Structures-EDC-Operator-Recertification#Comments0Smart Structures EDC Operator Recertificationhttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/93689/Smart-Structures-EDC-Operator-Recertification<P>It's amazing that 3 years have passed since the first SmartPile Certified users were trained and certified. &nbsp; Very soon, some Embedded Data Collector (EDC) tester certifications will expire and you will need to renew your certificate (ID). &nbsp; The process varies on the experience of the user, but it begins by completing the Recertification Spreadsheet, reviewing and signing the Software User's Agreement and sending this along with a check ($35) to Smart Structures for processing.&nbsp; <STRONG><EM>Expedite fees will also apply based on the situation.</EM></STRONG></P> <P>Here are links for the documents that you need to complete and review:</P> <P style="PADDING-LEFT: 30px"><A title="Request for Recertification Spreadsheet" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/docs/Request for Recertification.xls" target=_blank>Request for Recertification Spreadsheet</A></P> <P style="PADDING-LEFT: 30px"><A title="SmartPile End User License Agreement" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/docs/SmartPileSuite-EULA.pdf" target=_blank>SmartPile End User License Agreement</A></P> <P>When you've completed the above, send them along with a check to Smart Structures ($35) and&nbsp;an updated picture (optional, passport size) for the certificate to:</P> <P style="PADDING-LEFT: 30px">Smart Structures</P> <P style="PADDING-LEFT: 30px">Recertification</P> <P style="PADDING-LEFT: 30px">324 2<SUP>nd</SUP> Street Pike, Unit 13</P> <P style="PADDING-LEFT: 30px">Southampton,&nbsp; PA&nbsp;&nbsp; 18966</P> <P>We will review the application, and then work with Verbeek Management Services to update and re-issue your card.&nbsp;&nbsp; Please note that if you have been certified level one or two and cannot reference any EDC drives (in the last 2 years), you will need to re-test and certify to be an EDC Tester.</P> <P>We encourage you to complete this paperwork as soon as possible, as processing will take several weeks.</P> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/93689/Smart-Structures-EDC-Operator-Recertification&bvt=rss">Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:32:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:93689http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/79583/Smart-Structures-in-the-Concrete-Zone-at-The-Big-5-Saudi-Show#Comments0Smart Structures in the Concrete Zone at The Big 5 Saudi Showhttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/79583/Smart-Structures-in-the-Concrete-Zone-at-The-Big-5-Saudi-Show<p><img id="img-1331409512965" src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/thebig5saudi.jpg" border="0" alt="thebig5saudi" width="233" height="145" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/" title="Smart Structures Inc" target="_self">Smart Structures Inc</a> will exhibit at <a href="http://www.thebig5saudi.com/" title="The Big 5 Saudi" target="_blank">The Big 5 Saudi</a> - Building &amp; Construction Show March 2012. Visit us in the Concrete Zone at the USA pavillion at to get a brochure or PDF on How to Optimize Advanced Sensing and Monitoring Technology for the Global Physical Infrastructure.</p> <p>The Big 5 Saudi launched in 2011 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, following the phenomenal success of the flagship exhibition, The Big 5, in Dubai, UAE.</p> <p>The Big 5 is the largest event for the building and construction industry in the Middle East. It attracts more than 2,500 exhibitors from 70 countries, taking place at the Dubai International Conference &amp; Exhibition Centre.</p> <p>For more than 30 years The Big 5 has provided a business and networking platform for the construction industry. It is an opportunity for buyers and sellers of construction products and services from around the world to source an astounding array of the very latest technologies, innovations and techniques.</p> <p>In a brand new focus for 2012, The Big 5 Saudi will gather exhibitors dealing in products such as formwork, admixtures, block making machinery and much more, together in one dedicated zone. The Concrete Zone will offer a complete solution for all visitors active in the concrete sector, providing the opportunity to find the international products, information and technology they need.</p> <p>With a huge number of large scale infrastructure and building projects upcoming in Saudi Arabia, and particularly in and around the Jeddah region, it is clear that the local and international concrete industry is going to have a big role to play.</p> <p>In response to this demand, The Big 5 Saudi will for the first time have a dedicated <a href="http://www.thebig5saudi.com/Content/Concrete-Zone" title="Concrete Zone" target="_blank">Concrete Zone</a> &ndash; focusing on all areas of the concrete sector from admixtures to formwork to block making machinery.</p> <p>With a full range of International companies such as BASF, Sika, Harsco, Wiggert, Elematic as well as local exhibitors, if you are sourcing new products from the concrete sector for your next project, you are certain to find what you need.</p> <p>The Concrete Zone will also feature a USA Pavilion with a collection of companies, many at The Big 5 Saudi Arabia for the first time, all in the concrete sector and providing high quality tailored solutions for your next project.</p> <p><img id="img-1331410396898" src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/SSI-Booth-short2012.png" border="0" alt="SSI Booth short2012" width="439" height="439" /></p> <p>Visit the Smart Structures exhibit in the Concrete Zone at the USA pavillion.</p> <p>Scan our QR code in booth display graphics to get a PDF on How to Optimize Advanced Sensing and Monitoring Technology for the Global Physical Infrastructure.</p> <p>To get updates on <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/projects/" title="SSI projects" target="_self">SSI projects</a>, <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/technology/" title="SmartPile&reg; technology" target="_self">SmartPile&reg; technology</a>, additional information and photographs -- follow us on Twitter, get our <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/" title="blog" target="_self">blog</a> RSS feeds or sign up for our e-news.</p> <p>Contact us for more information:<br /><br />Smart Structures Inc. &nbsp;<br />324 Second Street Pike, Unit 13<br />Southampton, PA 18966<br />Phone: (267) 983-6106<br />Email:&nbsp; info@smart-structures-inc.com<br />EDC Partner Training &amp; Certification Program<br /><br /></p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/79583/Smart-Structures-in-the-Concrete-Zone-at-The-Big-5-Saudi-Show&bvt=rss">Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:56:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:79583http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/79726/RADISE-to-partner-in-Smartpile-testing-for-design-build-projects#Comments0RADISE to partner in Smartpile testing for design-build projectshttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/79726/RADISE-to-partner-in-Smartpile-testing-for-design-build-projects<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.radise.net/services.shtml" target="_blank"><img id="img-1331730364434" src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/Radise-logo.png" border="0" alt="Radise logo" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" /></a>January 23, 2012&nbsp; Today, <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/about/" title="Smart Structures" target="_self">Smart Structures</a> and <a href="http://www.radise.net/background.shtml" title="RADISE International" target="_blank">RADISE International</a> are pleased to announce a SmartPile&trade; Design Partnership.&nbsp; As a full service geotechnical engineering firm and now a SmartPile&trade; Design Partner, RADISE is uniquely positioned to help Design-Build Project Teams understand and apply SmartPile&trade; &lsquo;s full dynamic testing to their foundation design projects.&nbsp; With support from RADISE, Design-Build Teams can now take immediate advantage of a higher design resistance factors allowed by the FDOT, allowing for fewer piles, shorter pile lengths, and the ability to drive those piles more efficiently using this new state of the art technology.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/smartpile-diagram/" title="SmartPile&trade; System" target="_self">SmartPile&trade; System</a> has revolutionized the pile driving industry by combining wireless embedded sensors within the pre-cast concrete piles with software that processes this sensor data during driving, thus providing complete real-time capacity and integrity reporting.&nbsp; SmartPile&trade; electronics are cast directly into the pile and communicate wirelessly to a specially configured, &ldquo;ruggedized&rdquo; laptop.&nbsp; The system reports in real time the true tip, skin, and total capacity of the concrete pile, as well as its health and integrity during driving (including changes in prestress).&nbsp; This revolutionary system was developed to realize full dynamic testing of driven pile foundations.&nbsp;&nbsp; With the higher resistance factor afforded foundations that are fully tested, design teams are now able to design more cost effective foundations.&nbsp; The SmartPile&trade; System can also dramatically reduce or eliminate the need for a costly static test pile program, further reducing costs in the driven pile foundation over the use of a Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA).</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The cost benefits of using <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/technology/EDC-embedded-data-collector/" title="embedded data collectors (EDC&rsquo;s)" target="_self">embedded data collectors (EDC&rsquo;s)</a> are best realized during the structure/foundation design process, and hence the partnership with RADISE. &nbsp;Expertise in deep foundation design and the effective application of SmartPile&trade; makes RADISE uniquely positioned to help contractors optimize and properly cost out a fully tested and quality assured foundation.&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;We have spent the last several months developing proficiency with the application and use of the SmartPile&trade; System, along with developing cost optimization approaches that we are ready to share with our clients&rdquo; said Kumar Allady, President of RADISE International.&nbsp; &ldquo;The best approach requires first an understanding of how to best apply the higher resistance factor, then how driving efficiencies can be further realized to reduce pile costs and increase productivity savings of between 15 and 30 percent.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&ldquo;We are excited to be working with RADISE&rdquo;, stated Tom Chiarella, the President of SmartPile, &ldquo;they have an excellent track record in providing high end geotechnical engineering services and costing, and have shown to be very innovative in their approach to applying SmartPile&trade;.&nbsp; Both Smart Structures and RADISE agree that the most cost effective point at which to apply and plan for SmartPile&trade; is during the structural design phase.&nbsp; Especially in these difficult economic times, contractors are ecstatic to see how the EDC System can save them time and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; With the &ldquo;Design Partner&rdquo; approach, Foundation Designers are familiarized with the <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/about/ssi-big-picture-diagram/" title="SmartPile&trade; System" target="_self">SmartPile&trade; System</a> and its application during the bidding process, providing a substantial cost advantage over conventional approaches.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.radise.net/why.shtml" title="RADISE International" target="_blank">RADISE International</a> has been providing construction and geotechnical engineering services in Florida since 1997, with offices in the Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Organization&rsquo;s specialties include Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, Construction Engineering Inspection, Drilling Services, IT and GIS Consulting.&nbsp; Now these services are complimented by SmartPile&trade; Design and Testing services. &nbsp;&nbsp;RADISE is ready to help project teams understand the SmartPile&trade; approach, the cost savings, and how to realize performance versus procedure-driven pile driving using this new game changing technology.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">To learn more about RADISE International, Smart Structures, and the SmartPile&trade; System, visit RADISE at <a href="http://www.gannettfleming.com/">www.RADISE.net</a> or Smart Structures at <a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a></p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/79726/RADISE-to-partner-in-Smartpile-testing-for-design-build-projects&bvt=rss">Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:48:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:79726http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/76280/Smart-Structures-Smart-Roads-May-Be-Reality-by-2020#Comments0Smart Structures: Smart Roads May Be Reality by 2020http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/76280/Smart-Structures-Smart-Roads-May-Be-Reality-by-2020<p>Smart Infrastructure advancements point to a greater need for Smart Structures...<a href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=28434" target="_blank"><img id="img-1326486328201" src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/ttcvr2.jpg" border="0" alt="ttcvr2" width="300" height="402" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" /></a></p> <p>RALEIGH, N.C. &mdash; Two federal agencies that regularly deal with trucks have outlined ambitious plans that could make the nation&rsquo;s highways nearly as busy with electronic communications as they are with vehicles, and doing so before the end of this decade.<br />&nbsp;<br />Officials with the <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/" title="Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" target="_blank">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> and the <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/" title="National Highway Traffic Safety Administration" target="_blank">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a> updated fleet maintenance directors meeting here in September on plans for communications among trucks in motion, highway facilities, motor carriers and law enforcement about weather, truck parking, vehicle safety and traffic. <br />&nbsp;<br />All of the component issues are known collectively as the Smart Roadside Initiative, and the major segment for safety is called Wireless Roadside Inspections. The presentation was part of the fall meeting of the Technology &amp; Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations. The programs are currently in limited testing as the agencies weigh their potential value.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Using WRI, FMCSA wants to inspect 85 million trucks and buses a year, said Chris Flanigan, an engineer for the agency. &ldquo;We want to focus on high-risk carriers... and we think frequent inspections will assure compliance,&rdquo; Flanigan said.<br />&nbsp;<br />He also said the wireless inspections will not be as comprehensive as a Class 1 roadside inspection, where the vehicle is stopped and a human inspector looks at the vehicle. Instead, in WRI the truck would transmit data for 34 to 46 seconds while in motion. Data would include topics such as driver hours of service and tire inflation that are tracked electronically through a vehicle telematics system.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;The will help us figure out if a vehicle should be pulled over for a full inspection,&rdquo; Flanigan said. The two-step process is consistent with FMCSA&rsquo;s goal of concentrating its resources on carriers and drivers with known safety problems. &ldquo;We want safe and legal carriers not to be hindered,&rdquo; he said, adding that if problem carriers do not improve, FMCSA will generate &ldquo;more revenue from scofflaws.&rdquo;<br /><br />Flanigan said three states have been testing the highway communication system: New York with Dedicated Short-Range Communications; Tennessee with Commercial Mobile Radio Service and geo-fencing; and Kentucky with Universal ID and e-mail.<br /><br />Flanigan said Kentucky&rsquo;s system has been slow, but the New York and Tennessee systems have worked better. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking to make a go or no-go decision on a major national test&rdquo; during the first half of the coming year, he said.<br />&nbsp;<br />In general, FMCSA would notify the carrier and the truck that it wants safety information. The truck would transmit to an FMCSA roadside receiver, and after analysis, the agency would report findings back to the carrier.<br />&nbsp;<br />Beyond safety inspections, Smart Roadside could provide drivers with useful intelligence on what they might encounter ahead. Robert Kreeb, a NHTSA researcher, said his agency has been working with Volvo and Daimler Trucks on the same DSRC that New York has been using. This would be used for communications among trucks, ports, border crossings and intermodal yards.</p> <p>Kreeb said NHTSA also envisions overpasses that transmit warnings to trucks about low clearances, and stop lights that give advance notice they will be turning red or already are.</p> <p>&ldquo;The goal is to provide time-specific information on infrastructure,&rdquo; Kreeb said. He also said there is initial research on this in Michigan by the state Department of Transportation, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and trucking company Con-way Inc., which has headquarters in Ann Arbor.</p> &nbsp;<br />Kreeb said NHTSA wants to make pilot runs on the project in 2013, make a decision on vehicle requirements in 2014, and then implement the decision in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration in 2015.<br />&nbsp;<br />Other types of information that could be transmitted to trucks are weather and parking availability. Parking is an important part of hours-of-service compliance, Flanigan said, because when a driver&rsquo;s hours are about to end, he or she has to find a place to stop.<br />&nbsp;<br />Flanigan said early tests on parking have not worked well because it is hard to get an accurate count of spaces available. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s no easy feat. We&rsquo;ve tried imaging and magnetometers, but they didn&rsquo;t work,&rdquo; he said. FMCSA is now investigating several types of radar to make the counts, Flanigan said, adding that a report on the subject is expected in February 2013.<br /><br />By Jonathan S. Reiskin, Associate News Editor <br />This article appears in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of iTECH, published in the Dec. 12 print edition of <a href="http://www.ttnews.com/index.aspx" title="Transport Topics" target="_blank">Transport Topics</a>. <a href="<https://www.cambeywest.com/subscribe/?p=ttp&amp;form=paid> " title="Subscription" target="_blank">Subscription</a>. <br /><br /> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/76280/Smart-Structures-Smart-Roads-May-Be-Reality-by-2020&bvt=rss">Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:05:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:76280http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/65313/SmartPile-Cost-Savings-Demonstrated-on-a-range-of-projects#Comments0SmartPile® Cost Savings Demonstrated on a range of projectshttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/65313/SmartPile-Cost-Savings-Demonstrated-on-a-range-of-projects<p>It has been often asked:&nbsp; Does the SmartPile&trade; System save money on the driven pile Foundation?&nbsp; And if so, how and where?&nbsp;&nbsp; Smart Structures has teamed with <a href="http://www.armeniconsulting.com/">Armeni Consulting</a>, a specialist in bridge costing and planning, to create costing scenarios to answer this question.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The scenarios created represent true project costs for the driven foundation (beyond the cost per linear foot of pile) in order to best understand the cost savings realized with SmartPile&trade;.&nbsp;&nbsp; All aspects of the foundation installation are considered including the expendable materials, crew, equipment, overhead, etc. To understand the regional impacts, cost modeling was performed using high and low dollar regional costs and overhead..</p> <p>&nbsp;The results show that in <em>all</em> cases a SmartPile&trade; foundation costs less than a comparable foundation installed using 10% Dynamic Testing. &nbsp;Of course, the savings vary based on the size of the foundation, its location (over land or water) and the labor/equipment rates applied.&nbsp; Here are is the quick summary:</p> <table style="width: 660px;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" valign="top" width="660"> <p align="center">&nbsp;<em> 150 Pile Project, 15 Piers at varying Tip Elevations</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Low Labor and Equipment rate based on SE Florida (Pile Driving),&nbsp; High Labor and Equipment rate using NJ </em></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p><b>Scenario</b><b></b></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p><b>Low Labor and Equipment Rate Cost Savings</b><b></b></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><b>High Labor and Equipment Rate Cost Savings</b><b></b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>1. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (80&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">1%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">5%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>2. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (95&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">1%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">5%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>3. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (80&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">3%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>4. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (95&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">4%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>5. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (90&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">2%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">5%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>6. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (105&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">4%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>7. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (90&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">10%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>8. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (105&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">10%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>9. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (115&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">9%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>10. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (130&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">8%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>11. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (115&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">9%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">11%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>12. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (130&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">10%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">12%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" valign="top" width="660"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>1000 Pile Project, 50 Piers of 20 Piles each at varying Tip Elevations</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>13. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (80&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">.3%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">4%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>14. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (95&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">1%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">4%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>15. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (80&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">4%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>16. 18&rdquo; PSC Piles (95&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">4%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>17. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (90&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">5%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">5%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>18. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (105&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">5%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>19. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (90&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">8%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">8%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>20. 24&rdquo; PSC Piles (105&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">8%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">10%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>21. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (115&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">9%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>22. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (130&rsquo; Typical Length) over Land</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">7%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">8%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>23. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (115&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">10%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">12%</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="372"> <p>24. 30&rdquo; PSC Piles (130&rsquo; Typical Length) over Water</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="132"> <p align="center">10%</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p align="center">12%</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>All cost models fully characterize the crew, activities and equipment and were processed using cost models/expertise developed by using the <a href="http://www.hcss.com/">HCSS Costing Estimating</a> tool suite ().&nbsp; The modeling assumes a reduction in the pile length and that this reduction meets the project minimum tip elevation (versus perhaps going with fewer piles).</p> <h1>Where do the Savings Come From?</h1> <p>There are several areas where time and materials savings can be potentially realized, as summarized below:</p> <ol> <li>Up to 15% on the Foundation Materials Costs: Fewer or Shorter Piles.</li> <li>Smaller Piles can translate into lower transportation costs and the use of smaller equipment (with lower rental/amortization costs).</li> <li>Less time driving piles &hellip; we&rsquo;ve modeled a 20% savings in time (using 15% shorter piles).&nbsp; Again, driving a shorter pile or fewer piles, fewer cushion changes, and no limitations based on a conservative driving criteria.</li> <li>If you spend less time driving each pile, the total labor, rent and overhead costs are less.</li> <li>No Test Pile (mobilization) costs.</li> </ol> <p>Combine this with the added benefit of complete Quality Assurance (Drive Monitoring) reports for every single pile in every foundation element for the Customer (ensuring that what they&rsquo;ve purchased is complete and to their requirements).</p> <p>In short, the models consistently showed that construction using a SmartPile Foundation is less expensive than construction using a conventional foundation while achieving a tremendous increase in quality assurance.</p> <p>To learn more visit us at &nbsp;<a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a>. Or to request further disclosure on the cost model and findings, send an email to: <a href="mailto:info@smartpile.com">info@smartpile.com</a>.</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/65313/SmartPile-Cost-Savings-Demonstrated-on-a-range-of-projects&bvt=rss">Thu, 01 Sep 2011 22:21:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:65313http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/63605/Recently-Published-Research-furthers-the-value-and-performance-leadership-of-SmartPile#Comments0Recently Published Research furthers the value and performance leadership of SmartPile™http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/63605/Recently-Published-Research-furthers-the-value-and-performance-leadership-of-SmartPile<p>Recently published research presented at this months&rsquo; Florida DOT Geotechnical Research in Progress (GRIP) conference further reinforced the revolutionary benefits and potential of the SmartPile&trade; System.&nbsp; Along with GRIP presentations on post grouting drilled shafts and asphalt recovery were updates on the Embedded Data Collector (EDC), Full Dynamic Testing, and Foundation Resistance Factors.&nbsp;&nbsp; Specific presentations (Titles) included:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2011/1_resistancefactors.pdf" title="Resistance factors for 100% dynamic testing, w/ &amp; w/o static load tests" target="_blank">Resistance factors for 100% dynamic testing, w/ &amp; w/o static load tests</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2011/7_edc.pdf" title="Embedded data collector (EDC) Evaluation phase II &ndash; Comparison with instrumented Static Load Tests" target="_blank">Embedded data collector (EDC) Evaluation phase II &ndash; Comparison with instrumented Static Load Tests</a></li> </ul> <p>which covered further analysis and research in best leveraging the Top and Tip sensor data provided by the EDC.&nbsp; &nbsp;The most exciting elements of this published research work of University of Florida are:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Accurately determining Static tip resistance: &nbsp;The presented Energy equilibrium method equates applied forces to sum of inertial, damping and static resistance. With measured data from the embedded pile tip accelerometer and strain gauge, an algorithm was developed to calculate damping coefficient and measure static tip resistance in real time. The values were verified against instrumented static load tests performed in Florida and Louisiana. The Measured tip capacity enables engineers and contractors to mobilize only skin friction during redrives instead of the current practice of mobilizing the total pile capacity.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Accurately determining Static side (skin) resistance: The presented Analytical and numerical methods provide solutions of a one dimensional wave equation of skin friction and damping utilizing the data from the instrumentation embedded at the pile top and tip. The algorithm provides a real time assessment of average skin friction along the pile. The method was validated using the instrumented static load test results in Florida and Louisiana. With this new approach, recognizing the linearity of skin friction with time in semi log domain, <b><em>contractors and engineers will be able to accurately predict long term freeze using restrike data after a little more than 2 hours</em></b>.&nbsp;&nbsp; This process can dramatically reduce testing time and mobilization costs as current approaches require redrives days after the original drive to accurately determine Freeze.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>The benefits (higher resistance factor) of additional/full pile testing: The simplified conclusion of the analyses are that resistance factors can be further increased given the lowering uncertainty provided by pile (test) data.&nbsp; The research work provides basis for even higher resistance factors for full dynamic testing (versus the current .75 AASHTO value).&nbsp;&nbsp; A higher resistance factor translates into further driven pile foundation cost savings.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Be warned, these presentations are highly technical, but powerful in their content.&nbsp; All of the conference presentations can be found at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2011/index.shtm" title="http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2011/index.shtm" target="_blank">http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2011/index.shtm</a></p> <p><strong>To Learn More</strong></p> <p>We continue to add new features and capabilities to the SmartPile System (including the innovations discussed above).&nbsp; To learn more go to <a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a> or contact us directly for more information: <a href="mailto:sales@smartpile.com">sales@smartpile.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smart Structures Inc.</p> <p>324 2<sup>nd</sup> Street Pike, Unit 13</p> <p>Southampton,&nbsp; PA&nbsp;&nbsp; 18966</p> <p>267-983-6106 x601</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a></p> <p><a href="mailto:sales@smartpile.com">sales@smartpile.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/63605/Recently-Published-Research-furthers-the-value-and-performance-leadership-of-SmartPile&bvt=rss">Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:29:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:63605http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/47451/Smart-Structures-releases-SmartPile-Review-3-75#Comments0Smart Structures releases SmartPile™ Review 3.75http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/47451/Smart-Structures-releases-SmartPile-Review-3-75<p>Smart Structures has improved upon the SmartPile data collection and reporting software suite with the recent release of SmartPile Review 3.75.</p> <p>This release includes further reporting enhancements (in support of establishing Drive Criteria), the detection of Mechanical Errors (secondary impacts to the pile caused by mechanical obstructions, hammer alignment, etc.), and improved user productivity (Top Gage cursor locking, session fix utilities). All certified SmartPile Technicians can expect updated documents shortly along with an overview to changes made in the software.</p> <p>Below video demo shows the SmartPile Review application in action.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BYUSf9OU-sE?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Learn More</strong><br />We continue to add new features and capabilities to the SmartPile System and add Certified Testers.&nbsp; Watch us on the Web (<a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a>) or contact us directly for more information: <a href="mailto:sales@smartpile.com">sales@smartpile.com</a>.</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/47451/Smart-Structures-releases-SmartPile-Review-3-75&bvt=rss">Sat, 16 Apr 2011 03:42:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:47451http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/47063/SmartPile-Acquisition-3-75-Demonstration-now-available#Comments0SmartPile™ Acquisition 3.75 Demonstration now availablehttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/47063/SmartPile-Acquisition-3-75-Demonstration-now-available<p><br />Smart Structures has released a short, narrated demonstration of the SmartPile&trade; Acquisition. The intent is to demonstrate the power and simplicity of the software. Highlights include radio connection, session configuration, and data logging. Combined with SmartPile Review, Smart Structures has created a simple and powerful software solution for full dynamic pile testing. Below video demo shows the SmartPile Acquisition in action.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QkLn4tlyF-U?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Learn More</strong><br />We continue to add new features and capabilities to the SmartPile System and add Certified Testers.&nbsp; Watch us on the Web (<a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a>) or contact us directly for more information: <a href="mailto:sales@smartpile.com">sales@smartpile.com</a>.</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/47063/SmartPile-Acquisition-3-75-Demonstration-now-available&bvt=rss">Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:01:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:47063http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/38943/Driving-Down-the-Cost-of-Construction-Quality#Comments0Driving Down the Cost of Construction Qualityhttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/38943/Driving-Down-the-Cost-of-Construction-Quality<p>Have you ever thought to yourself, why am I paying thousands a year on car Insurance when I&rsquo;ve never had an accident?&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll just drive without insurance.&nbsp; Everything begins well and there&rsquo;s certainly more money in the bank account &hellip; until the accident, the repairs, the injury medical costs &hellip;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Insurance is not there for when things go well, but when they don&rsquo;t&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The same can be said about construction testing (and quality insurance), which can be viewed as excessive in terms of construction time and cost in what is a low margin business.&nbsp; Unfortunately, when problems do occur, the impact and remediation costs can be extremely high, not to mention the amount of publicity such events create:&nbsp; remember Minneapolis, Quebec, and the Selman Expressway in Tampa, Florida</p> <p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/Safety1.png" border="0" alt="Safety1" /><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/safety2.png" border="0" alt="safety2" /><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/safety3.png" border="0" alt="safety3" /></p> <p>Foundation failures can be especially problematic since when the foundation fails, the entire structure is suspect.&nbsp; Recent high profile problems with Boston&rsquo;s infrastructure lead to this Boston Globe (May 10<sup>th</sup>, 2010) article questioning quality and cost:</p> <p><a title="High-profile failures raise worry &hellip;" href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/05/10/failures_raise_questions_about_quality_of_big_projects/?page=full" target="_blank">High-profile failures raise worry &hellip;</a></p> So to maximize profits and margin, we look to minimize expensive testing and monitoring, hoping that we&rsquo;ve done enough testing to avoid a highly publicized failure. &nbsp;The SmartPile&trade; Structural Surety System was developed to help balance the cost and quality equation by enabling MORE testing that can reduce the overall cost of the foundation AND minimizing the required setup and reporting of quality assurance data.&nbsp;&nbsp; This is done by using the AASHTO allowances for testing and changes to the Structure design overbuild (or resistance factor).&nbsp; If the quality and capacity can be ensured, then the amount of overbuild can be reduced (as there&rsquo;s less estimating and more hard data), this reduction in the size of the substructure translates into less materials and construction time. <p>This holds together ONLY if the testing process can be performed with minimal impact to the construction process (and associated labor and equipment costs).&nbsp; The SmartPile&trade; System uses wireless sensors embedded directly in the concrete structure to enable fast setup and non-invasive data collection.&nbsp; The Operator/Tester simply uses his data collection Laptop and wireless link to collect data during the construction process (pile driving) to collect capacity, health, and quality information in real time.&nbsp; This information can be reported at the end of the installation process (drive).</p> <p><strong><em>Fast &hellip; and Safer &hellip;</em></strong></p> <p>With the sensors embedded, data collection requires no setup and certainly no time required to connect and adjust sensors.&nbsp; The SmartPile&trade; Embedded Data Collector (EDC) comes calibrated and ready to collect, avoiding any timely and possibly dangerous setup and configuration &hellip; like these (acrobatics):</p> <p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/safety4.png" border="0" alt="safety4" /><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/safety5.png" border="0" alt="safety5" /></p> More importantly SmartPile&trade; wireless sensors allow the Operator/Tester to collect data away from the construction equipment, in some instances several hundred feet. &nbsp;&nbsp; <p>So with the SmartPile&trade;, it&rsquo;s possible to increase the quality of the foundation: collecting and reporting more data about the performance and capacity of the structure, and also enjoy the cost and material savings of a higher resistance factor. &nbsp;&nbsp;As an added benefit, the SmartPile&trade; System is safer to use, allowing data collection to be done away from dangerous equipment and without construction site &ldquo;acrobatics&rdquo;.</p> <p>In development for over 5 years and in volume production use since 2008, the SmartPile&trade; system was developed specifically to realize full pre-stressed concrete Pile testing for State, Municipal and Commercial projects.&nbsp; With the SmartPile&trade; system, the cost benefits of the AASHTO LRFD resistance factors for full testing can be realized.&nbsp; <strong>It is no longer too expensive or time consuming to test every pile.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <h1>To Learn More</h1> <p>We continue to add new features and capabilities to the SmartPile System.&nbsp; Watch us on the Web (<a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a>) or contact us directly for more information: <a href="mailto:sales@smartpile.com">sales@smartpile.com</a>.</p> Smart Structures Inc. <p>324 2<sup>nd</sup> Street Pike, Unit 13</p> <p>Southampton,&nbsp; PA&nbsp;&nbsp; 18966</p> <p>267-983-6106 x601</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartpile.com/">www.smartpile.com</a></p> <p>sales@smartpile.com</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/38943/Driving-Down-the-Cost-of-Construction-Quality&bvt=rss">Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:48:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:38943http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/35915/FHWA-EDC-Every-Day-Counts-and-the-SmartPile-EDC-Embedded-Data-Collector-more-than-just-similar-acronyms#Comments0FHWA EDC (Every Day Counts) and the SmartPile™ EDC (Embedded Data Collector)… more than just similar acronymshttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/35915/FHWA-EDC-Every-Day-Counts-and-the-SmartPile-EDC-Embedded-Data-Collector-more-than-just-similar-acronyms<p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/FHWA EDC1.png" border="0" alt="FHWA EDC" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" />The Federal Highway Administration Every Day Counts (EDC) Innovation Initiative was introduced in 2010 as a nationwide program intended to &ldquo;identify and deploy innovative techniques and technology to meet the needs of the 21st century transportation system and economy&rdquo;.&nbsp; The application of field-proven, market ready technologies and <strong><em>shortening project delivery </em></strong>are core elements of this initiative and Design Build is a highlighted approach.</p> <p>The Design Build method of project delivery combines the design and construction phases of the project into a single contract, enabling concurrent design and construction activities.&nbsp; With Design Build, the contractors&rsquo; resources can be used to tailor the approach and there is significant flexibility in terms of applying unique technologies. This approach has been shown in numerous cases to reduce costs and accelerate construction delivery.</p> <p><strong>The SmartPile&trade; System directly supports several elements of the Every Day Counts initiative by:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Meeting the requirement of applying field-proven and market-ready emerging technologies for construction.&nbsp; In the last 3 years, over a thousand SmartPiles have been driven in (mostly) Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, Connecticut (recently), North, and South Carolina.</li> <li>Using technology to streamline the (concrete pile foundation) construction process, reducing costs (through higher resistance factors, and shorter piles resulting in faster installation) and improving quality (more testing, more reporting, and more data in support of LRFD).&nbsp; The SmartPile Foundation Structural Surety System (EDCs and SmartPile&trade; Workstations) was designed to enable full testing of concrete pile foundations with little impact to contractor (i.e. no testing time delays).</li> <li>Innovating the construction process, in that with the SmartPile&trade; System, it will soon be possible to eliminate traditional Test Pile programs and begin to drive piles directly, adjusting lengths based on results produced in the field in real time.&nbsp; This revolutionary change will eliminate significant time and delays associated with test pile programs in concrete pile driven foundations. In addition, the SmartPile&trade; System provides intelligent installation guidance using a measured pile tip to identify and help prevent pile end damage caused by overdriving, saving both time and money in costly rework. </li> <li>Supporting Green construction by reducing the amount of overall concrete used in the foundation (via a higher phi factor for full dynamic testing on the pile foundation).&nbsp; It&rsquo;s been well documented that the manufacture of concrete produces significant CO2 emissions.&nbsp; With full dynamic testing, it is possible to reduce to overall overbuild of the foundation&hellip; meaning shorter piles and less concrete (emissions).</li> </ul> <p>Through research and field proven validation supported by the Florida Department of Transportation, the SmartPile&trade; system from Smart Structures can be deployed on projects today.&nbsp;&nbsp; There is inventory support and an established network of trained installers and testers, and relative transparency to the pile casting and pile driving processes (as data collection is handled wirelessly).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/FHWAPBES.png" border="0" alt="FHWAPBES" width="530" height="325" /></p> <p><em><strong>Instrumenting Prefabricated Bridge Elements&nbsp;...</strong></em><br /><br />As well, SmartPile&trade; Embedded Data Collectors (or EDCs) can be used to instrument concrete prefabricated bridge elements,&nbsp;a key technology push with FHWA EDC.&nbsp;&nbsp; As with Piles, Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) are manufactured at a local casting yard and delivered to the construction site for integration.&nbsp; By doing so, many time&ndash;consuming construction tasks no longer need to be done sequentially in work zones and overall quality is improved by better controlled processes and consistency (at the casting yard).&nbsp; With SSI EDCs, moving from Piles to concrete prefabricated bridge elements&nbsp;involves deciding what sensors to use and where to locate them.</p> <p>Smart Structure&rsquo;s Embedded Data Collectors can be configured with a mix of strain gages, temperature, and vibration sensors and located strategically in the prefabricated element prior to casting.&nbsp;&nbsp; These sensors can then be used for installation performance and quality monitoring (load monitoring) and then over the life of the structure.&nbsp; Our proven expertise in <strong>embedded active wireless electronics in concrete</strong> and working with Casting yards ensures that the structural element arrives ready to install and monitor.&nbsp; Our EDCs and monitoring software are also flexible enough to allow the sensing elements to be strategically placed to monitor installation and post installation live load stresses.</p> <p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/SmartPile Gages In Element.png" border="0" alt="SmartPile Gages In Element" class="alignCenter" /><br />SmartPile&trade; EDCs have been instrumented in bridge caps for research monitoring and can be tailored to meet the other testing and evaluation programs.</p> <h4>Learn more...<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="To learn more about the construction design build approach" href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reports/designbuild/designbuild.htm" target="_blank"><br />Construction Design Build Approach</a></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="To learn more about the FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative, click here" href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts" target="_blank"><br />FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC) Initiative</a></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="To learn more about the SmartPile System and Embedded Data Collector (EDC), click here" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/technology/EDC-embedded-data-collector/" target="_self"><br />SmartPile System and Embedded Data Collector (EDC)<br /></a></span></h4> <h3>___________________________________________________________</h3> <a title="Smart Structures, Inc." href="http://smart-structures-inc.web2.hubspot.com/" target="_self">Smart Structures, Inc.</a> is the global leader in wireless Embedded Data Collector (EDC) solutions (SmartPile&reg;) used to determine pile capacity and integrity in real-time. <p>For more questions, <a title="contact Smart Structures" href="news-blog/contact/" target="_self">contact Smart Structures</a></p> <p>Smart Structures, Inc.<br />267-983-6106 x601<a href="http://www.smartpile.com/"><br /></a><a title="www.smartpile.com" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/" target="_self">www.smartpile.com</a><br />sales@smartpile.com</p> <p><a href="news-blog/contact/" target="_self"><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/Smart-Structures-Inc-logo.png" border="0" alt="describe the image" width="212" height="16" /></a></p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/35915/FHWA-EDC-Every-Day-Counts-and-the-SmartPile-EDC-Embedded-Data-Collector-more-than-just-similar-acronyms&bvt=rss">Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:51:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:35915http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/34852/Smart-Structures-Measured-Pile-Integrity-MPI-identifies-and-minimizes-pile-damage#Comments0Smart Structures Measured Pile Integrity (MPI) identifies and minimizes pile damagehttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/34852/Smart-Structures-Measured-Pile-Integrity-MPI-identifies-and-minimizes-pile-damage<p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/SSI-fieldsite-openpile.png" border="0" alt="describe the image" width="300" height="168" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" />Concrete pile driving is a high shock, high force process &hellip; and high stress for the pile driving crew as well. The tradeoffs made by this team include minimizing the time to drive the pile by using maximized driving forces, with the possibility of breaking the pile. The familiar tradeoff is quality versus time. On a pile with no dynamic testing instrumentation, the only quality assurance is the driving criteria, pile inspector blow counts, and visual inspection. &nbsp;<br /><br />The hope is that the driving criteria limits the possibly of pile damage&hellip; but most of the pile is not visible, and what is happening at the tip of the pile which is well out of the visual inspection capability of the entire crew, is, at best, a BIG guess. Driven foundation quality control should not be one based on hope&hellip;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/SSI-smartpile-US19overbargecanal.png" border="0" alt="SSI smartpile US19overbargecanal" width="450" height="300" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" />Externally mounted gages can help, but they slow the driving process down and provide no real visibility to the pile tip.&nbsp; SmartPile&trade; EDC addresses this problem by making the Pile the sensor.&nbsp; With gages at the top AND the tip, EDC can monitor stresses and report impending failures.&nbsp; Tip status has proven particularly critical when punching through various soil and rock strata. <br /><br />The SmartPile&trade; Measure Pile Integrity metric uses readings from the Top and Tip of the pile (compression as well as pile pre-stress) and wave dynamics to report and flag the operator when stresses to the pile exceed established limits.&nbsp; This allows the drive to progress at the fastest speed possible without damaging the pile. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />In the event that the tip has encountered problems (i.e. loss of pile pre-stress as indicated by MPI), the crew can now limit any further damage to the pile.&nbsp; MPI, along with pile capacity, allows the crew to quickly and safely drive a pile to capacity while minimizing stress and physical pile damage.&nbsp; This process has been successfully demonstrated in Florida on several projects. &nbsp;<br /><br />Only the SmartPile&trade; EDC system can provide this level of monitoring as it is the only Structural Surety System that embeds gages directly into the pile. &nbsp;</p> <h4>___________________________________________________________<br />Learn how Smart Structures New Measured Pile Integrity (MPI) Analysis virtually eliminates subterranean pile damage.&nbsp;</h4> <h3>Download Paper: <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/smartpile-edc-measured-pile-integrity-mpi-2010-paper/" title="Download Paper: SmartPile EDC Measured Pile Integrity (MPI) 2010" target="_self"><br />SmartPile EDC Measured Pile Integrity (MPI) 2010</a><br />___________________________________________________________</h3> <a href="http://smart-structures-inc.web2.hubspot.com/" title="Smart Structures, Inc." target="_self">Smart Structures, Inc.</a>is the global leader in wireless Embedded Data Collector (EDC) solutions (SmartPile&reg;) used to determine pile capacity and integrity in real-time. <p>For more questions, <a href="contact/" title="contact Smart Structures" target="_self">contact Smart Structures</a></p> <p>Smart Structures, Inc.<br />267-983-6106 x601<a href="http://www.smartpile.com/"><br /></a><a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/" title="www.smartpile.com" target="_self">www.smartpile.com</a><br />sales@smartpile.com</p> <p><a href="contact/" target="_self"><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/Smart-Structures-Inc-logo.png" border="0" alt="describe the image" width="212" height="16" /></a></p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/34852/Smart-Structures-Measured-Pile-Integrity-MPI-identifies-and-minimizes-pile-damage&bvt=rss">Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:57:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:34852http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/33283/Economist-Article-discusses-Present-and-Future-of-Smart-Structures#Comments0Economist Article discusses Present and Future of Smart Structureshttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/33283/Economist-Article-discusses-Present-and-Future-of-Smart-StructuresA recent article in the Economist puts sensors, monitoring, wireless and intelligent infrastructure into the spotlight: <br /> <h4>&ldquo;Superstructures Engineering: Adding sensors and other devices to bridges, tunnels and buildings can turn them into &ldquo;smart structures&rdquo; capable of sensing and, in some cases, even responding to problems&rdquo;</h4> -- was published on December 9, 2010 and provides a great overview of the current state of the practice in structures monitoring: <h4>To read the full article: <a title="http://www.economist.com/realarticleid.cfm?redirect_id=17647603" href="http://www.economist.com/realarticleid.cfm?redirect_id=17647603" target="_blank">http://www.economist.com/realarticleid.cfm?redirect_id=17647603</a></h4> <p>The article highlights some of the practical challenges associated with building and bridge monitoring and advances made to address these challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with Factory Automation in the seventies and eighties and Wireless and Internet Commerce in the 90s, business and market needs combine with technology and engineering application to realize new approaches to traditional (manual) processes.&nbsp; For example:</p> <ul> <li>How many of you have ordered gifts for the holidays online, then tracked these orders to their delivery, including a barcode scan and digital signature at your front door?</li> <li>When you ordered these gifts, did you make a phone call?</li> <li>When was the last time you checked your tire pressure?&nbsp; When you were reminded to bring your car in for service?&nbsp; </li> <li>Do you still have a land line?&nbsp; Do you use it?&nbsp; How many pay phones have you seen in the last month?</li> <li>Do you still pay tolls or do you have some sort of EasyPass?&nbsp; How about even slowing down to pay a toll?</li> </ul> <p>Many of the above &ldquo;standard practice&rdquo; would have been considered exotic (or cost prohibitive) 10-15 years ago.&nbsp; Relative cost (with respect to value and or benefit) drives adoption, and once something is cheap enough to automate, it will become automated.&nbsp; Wireless and cellular is an excellent example and a required element in structural monitoring.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, we are beginning to see sensors and remote monitoring/reporting in Utility Meters, Vending Machines, and Automobiles.&nbsp; Soon, the cost of rugged sensors, &ldquo;perpetual&rdquo; power, and low power/easy to integrate wireless will make &ldquo;Superstructures&rdquo; the norm and not the exception.&nbsp; In construction, the future is coming, slowly.</p> <p>It is Smart Structures&rsquo; belief that the future of construction is in integrated wireless sensors that first streamline the construction process and then provide the added benefit of lifetime monitoring.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sensors and structures monitoring will not be an afterthought, but an integral part of the construction process.&nbsp;</p> <p>The cost and safety benefits must first be demonstrated in order to accelerate the (construction) adoption process. That&rsquo;s why energy savings is driving monitoring in the buildings market and why Smart Structures has taken a &ldquo;bottoms up&rdquo; approach&hellip; using sensors and wireless systems to save cost and time in the foundation construction process.</p> <p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/System view .jpg" border="0" alt="System view " width="542" height="318" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smart Structures Inc.<br />324 2<sup>nd</sup> Street Pike, Unit 13<br />Southampton,&nbsp; PA&nbsp;&nbsp; 18966<br />267-983-6106 x601<a href="http://www.smartpile.com/"><br />www.smartpile.com</a><br />sales@smartpile.com</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/33283/Economist-Article-discusses-Present-and-Future-of-Smart-Structures&bvt=rss">Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:00:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:33283http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/30714/Smart-Structures-announces-availability-of-Suite-3-74-Software#Comments0Smart Structures announces availability of Suite 3.74 Softwarehttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/30714/Smart-Structures-announces-availability-of-Suite-3-74-Software<p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/Smart-Structures-Inc-logo.png" border="0" alt="describe the image" style="float: left;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smart Structures Inc. continues to improve upon the SmartPile&trade; Workstation and Review Software family with&nbsp;enhancements that&nbsp;simplify&nbsp;the process of collecting and reporting SmartPile&trade; EDC data.&nbsp; We've taken feedback from the field to improve health&nbsp;and capacity monitoring with&nbsp;drive indicators and warnings&nbsp;and speed the process of pile quality and surety reporting.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Testing every pile in a foundation in real time places certain requirements on the operator software, and many of the enhancements that we&rsquo;ve introduced are transparent to the tester/operator, but critical in streamlining use of the application, montiring performance, and ensuring data integrity.&nbsp; Here are&nbsp;several new features for which you will enjoy immediate benefit:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>We&rsquo;ve made it faster and easier to report drive results</em></strong></li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Working with our Certified Testers/Technicians and the Florida DOT, we&rsquo;ve automated the results reporting process.&nbsp; Now a single report captures everything and can be published to acrobat PDF using Microsoft Excel 2007.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/ReportExample.PNG" border="0" alt="ReportExample" width="594" height="253" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>We&rsquo;ve made it faster and easier to determine the pile health status &nbsp;</em></strong></li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">We&rsquo;ve expanded on our exclusive Measured Pile Integrity&trade; monitoring capability to provide the operator with more information on the real time health and drive performance updates (refusal, tip elevation, capacity against end bearing).</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/ErrorScreen.PNG" border="0" alt="describe the image" width="543" height="463" />&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Numerous&nbsp;visual cues&nbsp;now notify the operator when and where things require a closer look.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>We&rsquo;ve added enhancements that help you to avoid making mistakes and recovering when they happen</em></strong></li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>&nbsp;<img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/SoftwareScreen.PNG" border="0" alt="SoftwareScreen" width="529" height="450" /></em></strong></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">We&rsquo;ve added more checking during data entry and provided the ability to recover the last session configuration file (if you forget to save when closing).&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve also enhanced the Session cleanup and editing utilities in SmartPile&trade; Review.</p> <p>Smart Structures' goal is to absolutely minimize the complexity and cost of full foundation monitoring, and we've&nbsp;already begun work on the next release of Suite and Revew.&nbsp; Expect support&nbsp;for establishing Driving Criteria, further enhanced reporting, and additional operator performance and health monitoring.&nbsp; Contact <a title="SSI" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/contact/" target="_blank">SSI</a> or our <a title="Distributor" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/partners/" target="_self">Distributor</a> to request your update to SmartPile&trade; Workstation, or <a title="log into the&nbsp;portal" href="http://smartpile.webexone.com/login.asp?loc=&amp;link=" target="_blank">log into the&nbsp;portal</a> for an update to Review 3.74.</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/30714/Smart-Structures-announces-availability-of-Suite-3-74-Software&bvt=rss">Tue, 07 Dec 2010 11:23:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:30714http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/30709/SmartPile-Research-points-to-further-Construction-Cost-Savings#Comments0SmartPile® Research points to further Construction Cost Savingshttp://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/30709/SmartPile-Research-points-to-further-Construction-Cost-Savings<p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/Smart-Structures-Inc-logo.png" border="0" alt="describe the image" /></p> <p>At the September <a title="2010 Florida Geotechnical Research in Process (GRIP) conference" href="http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2010/index.shtm" target="_blank">2010 Florida Geotechnical Research in Process (GRIP) Conference</a> in Gainesville, several&nbsp;presentations around SmartPile&reg; deployments in Florida added to the performance and costs savings potential of full foundation testing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a title="SmartPile&reg; Embedded Data Collector (EDC)" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/technology/EDC-embedded-data-collector/" target="_self">SmartPile&reg; Embedded Data Collector (EDC)</a> and <a title="collection reporting system (SmartPile&reg; Suite)" href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/technology/workstation/" target="_self">collection reporting system (SmartPile&reg; Suite)</a> were key parts of two presentations focused on EDC Static Load Test comparisons and LRFD resistance factor quantification with 100 percent testing. The results further the positive progress that the SmartPile&reg; System has made through test and production deployments in Florida.</p> <p>Most exciting was the possibility of further increasing the LRFD resistance factor for fully tested foundations. The research performed by the University of Florida Civil and Coastal Engineer department should&nbsp;in the future&nbsp;translate to even higher&nbsp;AASHTO resistance factors, providing further construction cost savings combined with&nbsp;more complete foundation quality assurance.&nbsp;</p> <p>To read more, see:<a href="http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2010/index.shtm"><br />http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statematerialsoffice/geotechnical/conference/grip/2010/index.shtm</a><br />and&nbsp;learn more about what experts and researchers are&nbsp;doing&nbsp;with SmartPile.&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/30709/SmartPile-Research-points-to-further-Construction-Cost-Savings&bvt=rss">Mon, 06 Dec 2010 11:41:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:30709http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/29345/Smart-Structures-Makes-Concrete-Bridges-Safer-with-SmartPile#Comments0Smart Structures Makes Concrete Bridges Safer with SmartPile®http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/29345/Smart-Structures-Makes-Concrete-Bridges-Safer-with-SmartPile<p>Work has recently&nbsp;begun on Smart Structures'&nbsp;81st deployment of&nbsp; the SmartPile&reg; Embedded Data Collector (EDC) solution.<br /><br />Smart Structures <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/technology/EDC-embedded-data-collector/" title="EDC wireless sensors" target="_self">EDC wireless sensors</a> are embedded in precast concrete piles used in bridge and large building foundations.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/solutions/" title="SmartPile&reg;" target="_self">SmartPile&reg;</a> solution provides real-time monitoring,&nbsp;measurement, and quality assurance during&nbsp;the installation of concrete piles. These insights reduce damage to the piling and wasted labor when piles are over driven. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.dot.state.fl.us/geotechnical/" title="Florida" target="_blank">Florida</a> is one of the first states to&nbsp;apply EDC sensors in all bridge pilings where state funding is used. Smart Structures, the largest EDC solution company, is helping Florida to increase the quality and longevity of infrastructure while at the same time reducing construction costs and completing projects faster. Similar&nbsp;testing has&nbsp;been done&nbsp;in Louisiana and Virginia.</p> <p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/SSI-fieldsite-laptop-guy.png" border="0" alt="SSI fieldsite laptop guy" width="401" height="287" /></p> <p>Below is an example of an over-driven pile which was detected by the Smart Structures System. This pile was removed and replaced. Without the Smart Structures technology, this pile would have been part of the foundation for a bridge overpass. &nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/SSI-fieldsite-openpile.png" border="0" alt="SSI fieldsite openpile" /></p> <p>The application of the SmartPile system will soon allow&nbsp;construction Engineers and Designers to&nbsp;save money in the design phase by optimizing raw materials (by reducing over build)&nbsp;and during the construction phase by eliminating traditional tests which typically interrupt construction. <br /><br />Smart Structures has been developing its patented infrastructure sensing system since 2006 and has been optimizing bridge construction, and making bridges safer on bridge at a time.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/" title="Smart Structures, Inc." target="_self">Smart Structures, Inc.</a> is the global leader in wireless Embedded Data Collector (EDC) solutions used to determine pile capacity and integrity in real-time.</p> <p>For more questions, <a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/contact/" title="contact Smart Structures" target="_self">contact Smart Structures</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/contact/" target="_self"><img src="http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/Portals/22467/images/Smart-Structures-Inc-logo.png" border="0" alt="describe the image" width="212" height="16" /></a></p> <img src="http://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=22467&k=14&bu=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/&r=http://www.smart-structures-inc.com/news-blog/bid/29345/Smart-Structures-Makes-Concrete-Bridges-Safer-with-SmartPile&bvt=rss">Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:38:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:29345