Pile Integrity Testing in the Netherlands

Author(s):

Middendorp, P., Schellingerhout, J.

Year:

2006

Language:

English

Where:

10th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations, DFI , Amsterdam

INTRODUCTION:

Pile foundations are widely applied in the Netherlands because of the soft soil conditions. One of the popular pile types are cast-in-situ piles, which have to be integrity tested to get accepted. Integrity testing has been applied for more than 30 years, with the number of integrity test performed nowadays exceeding 400,000 per year and subsequently there is a substantial amount of practical experience with this testing method. This paper will deal with some basics of integrity testing and describe some of the techniques that have been adopted in the Dutch pile testing practice, like detection of pile head defects with a spike type hammer pulse, and the site average or pile group average for the qualitative interpretation of measured signals.


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