Normally when driven piles are used as deep foundation elements, there is a large amount of pile waste when the portion of the piles left sticking up out of the ground are cut off to the desired elevation. UK piling contractor, Balfour Beatty and Finnish company Junttan have created a system that attaches to piling rigs and cuts off precast concrete piles as low as about 4 inches from the ground surface. The cut pieces are then used as starter pieces for the next pile. Balfour Beatty calculates that each precast concrete pile delivered to the site represents approximately 90 to 130 pounds of CO2 released into the atmosphere. They estimate that implementing this system on two piling rigs to date will translate into 2,000 metric tons of reduced CO2 emissions per year. [Source: Construction Enquirer via ASCE SmartBrief. Image: Construction Enquirer]
Hawthorne, NJ (December 27, 2012): Patrick Bermingham, CEO of Bermingham Foundation Solutions, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, was awarded the Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in Design and Construction of Marine Foundations at a dinner in early December at the DFI Marine Foundation Seminar in Norfolk, Va. The annual award recognizes innovative excellence in the design and construction of marine foundations, and honors Ben C. Gerwick for his achievements during his 62-year career in the field of marine foundations. The award is sponsored by the Deep Foundation Institute Educational Trust, University of California Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Ben C. Gerwick Company.
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Hawthorne, NJ (October 23, 2013): Four of the 15 DFI Technical Committees have new committee chairs. It is the role of the Technical Committees to focus on the unique issues of major methods and technologies within deep foundations and excavation, and to keep DFI members and the industry up to date with the state of practice through publications, guidance documents, peer-review of papers, educational events and committee reports in Deep Foundations magazine.
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