Pile Testing Services
Foundation Specialists Group (through its predecessor Foundation QA) is recognized internationally for its expertise in pile testing. We assist clients with planning, execution and analysis of testing and verification programs for all types of piled foundations, including both field and laboratory testing.
Foundation Specialists Group can develop a testing program including conventional or O-cell static load testing, rapid load testing, high-strain (PDA) and low-strain (PIT), dynamic pile testing, cross-hole sonic logging, pile driving monitoring (PDM) and other foundation verification techniques.
In addition, Foundation Specialists Group provides the following testing services to the industry:
- PDA, PIT, CSL testing and analysis services including CAPWAP
- PDM monitoring and analysis services
- Cyclic Constant Normal Stiffness Direct Shear testing for rock socket design
In all our testing activities and advice, we aim to provide practical and efficient verification processes and site procedures that minimize the impacts on site productivity wherever possible.
Dynamic Pile Testing
Foundation Specialists Group provides dynamic pile testing services in Australia and internationally. Dr. Seidel is a leading practitioner and educator in the field of pile dynamics, having worked in this field since 1982. He is one of a small number of testers with Expert Certification in High Strain Dynamic Pile Testing.
Our testing services utilize Pile Dynamics Inc. PAK and PAX Model Pile Driving Analyzers, with world-wide onsite or remote full 8 sensor, 20kHz+ testing capability. Dynamic Testing Analysis is undertaken with the industry- standard Capwap® software. Read more about our Dynamic Pile Testing.
CCNS Rock Socket Shear Testing
Through its association with Monash University, Foundation Specialists Group provides advanced laboratory testing facilities for simulation of rock-socketed piles. The Cyclic Constant Normal Stiffness (CCNS) Direct shear rig is capable of testing rock and concrete sample up to 600mm x 200mm in plan and with normal and shear load capacity to 200 kN under computer servo-hydraulic control. Monotonic or cyclic test regimes, load and deflection control, with constant stiffness or stress can all be programmed. Dr. Seidel develops and oversees the test programs, and analyses the results using the socket design program Rocket for implementation of appropriate socket design parameters.
Other specialized specialized and unique geotechnical laboratory equipment is available for testing on request, including:
triaxial cells capable of testing rock with cell pressures of up to 70 MPa and measurement of pore pressures (for sedimentary rocks)
Amsler and Baldwin universal tension and compression testing machines with capacities up to 5000 kN dynamic
Hoek cells for rock testing