Innovations and Developments

FSG staff has been producing innovative approaches and introducing new technologies to the geotechnical industry. Some of these notable achievements include

PILE MANAGER

An integrated piling knowledge management system software.

  • Monitor progress on piling projects in real time.
  • View, search and review large amounts of project data quickly – carry out high level sanity checks on quality issues.
  • Approve piles on line.
  • Compare large amounts of data and run a wide range of technical and commercial reports.
  • Stores, manages and helps access your IP

Pile Manager

ROCKET

Rock socket pile design software – Rocket V3.0 estimates the load-settlement response of drilled piles socketed into geomaterials varying from hard soils to hard rock.

It can also be applied to rock anchor design. The program uses a theoretical approach to estimate socket behaviour based on peak and residual strength parameters, and deformation parameters of the rock. In addition, geometric information including the pile or anchor diameter and the socket roughness is required. Up to 10 separate rock layers can be analysed. Results can be previewed as well as printed and plotted in report format.

PILE DRIVING MONITOR

PDM is a specialist equipment to enhance the capture of pile driving data. The PDM is an engineering innovation which brings safety, accuracy and an unprecedented level of control to driven piling projects through non-contact measurement of a reflector attached to the pile.

The PDM has also been used in other applications such as determining the existing structure movement when subject to load or set and energy for the standard penetration test (SPT).

PDM

Earthworks

While procedures and equipment for design and construction in pile installations has been our key focus our senior staff has also been active in various earthworks projects. Innovations includes:

  • Procedures to apply the concept of equilibrium moisture conditions with control measures as upper characteristic values for compaction control and zoned embankments. The use of weighted plasticity index as a screening tool. These are currently used in various Road Authority specifications.
  • Introduced first time equipment uses to Queensland infrastructure projects such Time domain reflectometry (TDR) for moisture monitoring instrumentation applied to roadways in the construction industry in 1990s; and Light falling weight deflectometer for subgrade assessment and quality control.