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Pile Foundation Design and Calculations


Excavating for a new building site is complicated highly technical work. The slightest miscalculation can lead to severe damage to the building itself as well as to adjacent structures.

Needless to say, the calculations that go into pile foundation design need to be 100 per cent correct. Errors can result in major complications, beginning with insurance problems and legal issues.

When you are laying the foundation for an extension or a new build, it is absolutely imperative that you contract a qualified and experienced team to perform the appropriate pile design calculations.

Belowground Ltd have our own in-house structural engineers, capable of designing either piling only—or reinforced piled foundations and piled slabs—for structures ranging from a small conservatory up to a large industrial building. Our engineers have an in-depth understanding of the underpinning and pile-driving processes conducting an appropriate pre-design investigation for every new project.


How Problems with Foundations Arise

When preparing the foundations for a construction site, it is essential the soil type and condition is taken into account. The on-the-ground soil conditions will determine the type of piling technique to use.

If excavating the site for the foundation could compromise the integrity or stability of the soil, then underpinning is going to be required. This involves deepening the existing foundation so that it extends deeper into the ground. This is a highly specialised operation and requires the expertise of a qualified team.

This is an area in which Belowground is ready to help. We’ll perform a detailed survey of the site, taking note of the soil conditions and drawing up recommendations. We can also walk you through a pile design example to give you an idea of the scope of work to be done, so that you have an idea of what to expect before the job begins. You’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing that the calculation and design of piles for your project are in good hands.


Trust Belowground to Design Your Property’s Foundation

You have several different options when it comes time to begin work on a new foundation. Some contractors may recommend that you outsource these calculations to a more qualified firm—which only adds unnecessary complications to the process. It could also indicate that the firm may not have the level of expertise you require for this job.  

Instead, entrust Belowground with the design of pile foundations for your property. All of the calculations for our jobs are performed in house by our own structural engineering experts. This eliminates extra steps and streamlines the entire process at the same time. If you would like to learn more about our design services, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information, or to request a quote.

 

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