The University of Florida is seeking companies interested in commercializing gauges and an algorithm that measure important deep-foundation construction variables in real time. Larger structures, such as bridges or tall buildings, often require foundations that stretch deep into the ground. To create one common kind of deep foundation, builders drive pile (almost like a long pole) into the ground to provide structural support, and to compact and strengthen the soil. They use various monitoring systems to measure and adjust the course of a driven pile and other “in situ” (“on location”) driven instruments. However, these systems do not provide immediate feedback regarding the conditions of the pile at its tip in the ground and often do not measure important variables such as inertia, damping and static-tip resistance. University of Florida researchers have developed a monitoring system that addresses these issues. The system combines algorithms with unobtrusive gauges placed near the tip of a pile or within the pile itself, allowing operators to receive real-time feedback about the conditions of the pile and the ground that it is penetrating.
ApplicationGauges and coupled algorithm detect deep foundation conditions in real time
- Provides immediate feedback about deep-foundation conditions, enabling operators to adjust course as they work and increase efficiency
- Measures a wide variety of variables including force equilibrium and static tip resistance, providing operators with the most detailed information
- Compatible with several existing pile designs, allowing for rapid adoption