Micropiles for Commercial Use

There are many different construction techniques for building a foundation. One method used by MDTI is the micropile.

Chance - Pulldown Micropiles (22)-webWhat is a Micropile?

Micropiles are also called minipiles. They are elements of a building’s foundation found deep in the ground. They are made using very strong, small steel casings or threaded bars. The casing is usually 3 to 10 inches in diameter. Some micropiles extend as deep into the ground as 200 feet (though the typical micropile goes around 20) and can hold over 200 tons. They are drilled into the ground with special machinery.

The nature of a micropile is its versatility. Micropiles can be drilled through almost any kind of ground or structure, and their drilling causes minimal vibration, noise, and disturbance. The steel structure of the device allows them to hold heavier loads than other foundational components, like driven piles, augercast piling, or drilled shafts. These other deep foundation systems are unable to be drilled through many kinds of obstructions, and their drilling may disturb adjacent structures. Micropiles are the best deep foundation systems in all of these cases.

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An Overview of Load Testing

load-testing“Load testing” is a phrase that applies to both the physical and the technological worlds. MDTI provides load testing with commercial construction projects.

What is Load Testing?

Load testing is basically a stress test. Many kinds of machinery and engines must be load tested to ensure they properly perform their functions before being released into the field. MDTI performs load testing on structures. To ensure safety and optimal usage, structural load testing is an essential part of the modern contracting and construction industry. The primary concern of load testing is determining a structure’s safety for human occupation and use.

As a company oriented towards technological solutions, MDTI performs load testing with digital models. This allows the company to create accurate projections of a building’s needs without risking lives or materials.

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Earth Retention Systems & Commercial Applications

What was once a relatively simple method of temporarily shoring for excavation has evolved into a form of sophisticated subterranean reinforcement for long-term stabilization. Earth retention technology, as it’s known in the industry, uses special equipment, specific techniques, and knowledge of soil composition and structure to keep earth from moving or sliding.

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Engineering Support from Product Distributors

When you choose to partner with a distributor or supplier, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind. While you certainly want high quality products and supplies, there is much more to the search process. You should look for a distributor that backs their products with first-class engineering support. Are you getting that with your current distributor?

Types of Engineering Support Available

The problem with purchasing products from distributors that offer no support is that issues become yours to bear alone. When you have a question, something goes wrong, or you aren’t sure of how to proceed, it can help to have engineering support readily available. Here are a few types of engineering support:

  • Enginnering support from distributorsDesign construction. When you’re in the middle of designing a project or implementing a new product, it’s common to have questions. Engineering support can help you avoid mistakes and make efficient use of the time and resources you have at your disposal. Read more

Which One to Choose: Hollow Bar Micropiling or Solid Bar?

Micropile Systems

A micropile is a top-down operation using a single metal bar with a cement grout mixture to create a strong foundation for buildings or earth retention. Micropiles are small in diameter, ranging from a single inch to less than five, and are drilled into the ground and grouted with cement. A micropile is typically reinforced and may incorporate a steel casing or central steel core reinforcement.

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Magnacore Self Drilling Anchors

magnacore self drilling anchorSoil conditions can often make installation of conventional micropiles a challenge. Self-drilling anchors utilize a system of hollow bar injection-bore micropiles. Use of MDTI’s self-drilling anchor varies depending on the worksite, ground conditions, and size of the job. Project scope will determine which rig is appropriate for use. Voids, or the presence of underground water, are not suitable for self-drilling anchors.

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Helical Pulldown Micropiles for Deep Foundations

Helical Pulldown MicropileSetting a deep foundation for a commercial building, telecommunications pole, or other hefty structure? Need to underpin an existing foundation in a reliable manner? You need Helical Pulldown Micropiles. Helical Pulldown Micropiles serve as a grout column, sent deep into the surrounding earth to encapsulate helical piles. Helical Pulldown Micropiles anchor your structure to reverse or prevent shifting, leaning, or any loss of structural integrity.

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Choosing the Best Civil Engineering Companies

Hiring the most elite team of civil engineers to complete your project may be easier said than done, but don’t fret. There are many valuable qualities and features to consider when searching for the best civil engineering company in your area. Consider the following points when considering whom you will be hiring on a commercial project.

 

Trusting the Brand

 

Like in most other transactions, always consider the brand reputation. A valuable brand in any industry is one that is reputably skilled and capable of performing what they have promised. For engineers, this means that the company should be approved and certified to ensure the quality of their work.

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Epoxy Crack Repair Injection Systems

MDTI offers two crack injections systems – epoxy injections or urethane injections. Learn about the benefits of epoxy crack repair below.

Epoxy injections are specially formulated to permanently restore structural strength to cracked concrete by welding the crack together. To assure that the injection will be the solution for your crack – there are three levels of thickness: high, medium, and low. The epoxy crack repair method is economical and relatively hassle-free.

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Landscape Drainage Materials

Landscape Drainage Materials

 

There are three primary types of landscape drainage systems. Depending on the type of drainage system you are working with, the landscape drainage materials will vary.

For French Drain Systems, which are rather common, the landscape drainage materials needed include: a standard PVC pipe, plastic perforated pipes, and/or metal pipes.

Another drainage system known as a Combination Filter Fabric  or Multi-flow Drainage system requires a different, unique set of landscape drainage materials. These landscape drainage materials include stacked perforated pipes wrapped in polypropylene filter fabric. This sort of drainage system helps prevent the passage of soil into the drainage system but in turn does not allow for high flow rates.

The final common form of landscape drainage is known as a Geotextile Fabric System. The landscape drainage materials needed for this system are a pipe system made of a non-woven geotextile fabric with a high density polyurethane core. This drainage system allows for a high flow rate.

To determine the proper landscape drainage materials for your specific drainage system, contact MDTI at for a free estimate and to speak with one of our experts.