SOLUTIONS for NDT/LOAD and INTEGRITY TESTING
Choosing the right testing method is critical in deep foundation industry. Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) or Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) has become a the safer, efficient, cost-effective and less destructive method. Smart Structures has made great progress in improving the methods and developing devices that have been tested with success.
Services and Devices Ensuring Integrity
Bottom cleanliness of drilled shaft foundations has been proven, through load testing, to directly influence end bearing performance. Further research shows that displaced bottom sediment also reduces side shear in the bottom 1 to 2 shaft diameters. Good bottom cleaning methods such as airlifting and submersible pumps will significantly increase end bearing reliability. SID SmartCell™ provides the ability to verify the effectiveness of these cleaning methods which ultimately provides increased end bearing confidence.
EMBEDDED DATA COLLECTOR
Communicates Wirelessly to a Work Station
An EDC or Embedded Data Collector is at the heart of Smart Structure’s SmartPile® surety and structural integrity measurement system. Embedded Data Collectors (EDC) are embedded both at the top and tip of the pile. Tip data along with top data is analyzed to measure the driving stresses in a pile and to provide independent tip and skin resistances and pile integrity in real time for every hammer blow
Dynamic Load Testing
Dynamic Load Testing or DLT is a reliable method of load analysis for pile driving activities. On the contrary, static load testing method involves interrupting the pile driving process to set up the pile for load testing and so, DLT remains a preferred method for the infrastructure builders and construction workers. RADISE uses EDC technology for DLT. The original research was developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the University of Florida and licensed to Smart Structures.
Turn-key static load testing by Smart Structures can be the right choice as we have accurate results with the load test program. We supply the reaction frame, load system, instrumentation, and operators to guide you step-by-step through the construction of the pile-reaction-pile system.