When building a steel sheet piling structure, such as a large office building or other heavy-duty structure, contractors and workers will use steel sheet piling methods to install sturdy metal poles into the ground. This helps to add stability and structural integrity to the walls and ceilings of the building. So it's often required in local building codes for safety. When performing sheet pile driving, workers will typically use a mechanical pile driver. Which makes it much easier to dig deeper and drive the poles farther into the ground.
We offer sheet pile driving for some of our larger marine construction projects. Any project that requires additional stability and safety can benefit from mechanical sheet pile driving. So the metal supports can brace the structure and keep it firmly upright. This is important when building marinas, docks, and other structures that are over the water, since a shaky step on this type of walkway can be extremely dangerous.
Our service area at Fender Marine Construction includes Orlando, Florida, as well as the surrounding cities. When we perform the sheet pile driving process, we use a machine that guides the weighted metal up and down on a strong wire. When the weight drops, whether due to hydraulics, diesel, or steam power, the steel beam drops to the ground, and the force creates a hole that keeps the support in place. Steel pile driving should not be attempted by amateur builders; it should only be done by those with experience, such as the members of our team of experts.
What is Sheet Piling
Sheet piling is material with interlocking edges that are driven into the ground. Any project that requires additional stability and safety can benefit from mechanical sheet pile driving. So the metal supports can brace the structure and keep it firmly upright. This is important when building marinas, docks, and other structures that are over the water, since a shaky step on this type of walkway can be extremely dangerous. When performing the sheet pile driving process, we use a machine that guides the weighted metal up and down on a strong wire. When the weight drops, whether due to hydraulics, diesel, or steam power, the steel beam drops to the ground, and the force creates a hole that keeps the support in place.
What is Sheet Piling Used For
Sheet piling is used to provide temporary and permanent walls in the construction industry. They can be used as excavation support and soil retention; which means it keeps soil away from the structure. These building methods are mostly executed for retaining walls, cofferdams, and underground structures such as basements. Sheet piles are usually made of steel but could also be made from timber and concrete. It can also protect workers in the construction area from water or fallen debris. Pilling is also used for seawalls to prevent floods to structures close to shorelines.
Types of Sheet Piles
Sheet piling can be used in a wide variety of applications. They are mostly used with marine structures, like retaining walls, where space is limited. In addition to that, a special type of retaining wall is the cofferdam, which is used extensively for both temporary and permanent structures. Sheet piles are also made in a variety of materials. The material chosen depends upon an array of factors including both strength and environmental requirements.
Z sheet pile
Z sheet piles are piles roughly shaped like a horizontally stretched Z. The interlocks are located far away from the neutral axis to ensure appropriate shear transporting and raise the strength-to-weight ratio. Z piles are the most common type of sheet pile and can be used in a wide variety of applications like retaining walls, cofferdams and parking garages.
Sheet Pile Driving Equipment
There are a variety of equipment used in the pile driving process. Depending on certain locations or the type of job being done, different equipment and material is used. The most commonly used pieces of equipment are pile pushers, piling rigs, and various hammers.
Sheet pile pushers perform the pushing or pressing of piles into the ground instead of vibrating them. They are used to keep the job’s noise to a minimum and not disturb the soil. This equipment is responsible for straight and accurate placement of sheets.
Piling rigs require only a small crew to operate. They are used to pile foundations in engineering and construction. Piling rigs are brought to sites where it is needed to drill into sand, clay, or soil. They are used in reinforcement jobs, cast-in-place piles, and diaphragm walls.
Vibratory hammers, also called vibrodrivers, drive piles for building foundations in or out of the ground using strong vibrations. Traditionally, they are very loud and use large weights to strike the pile into the ground. Some vibratory hammers are suspended by cranes while others are used statically in one location. These types of vibratory hammers are called Mobilram.
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