Under Reamed Piles

Under Reamed Piles in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, DRC Congo, Mozambique, Zambia, and the rest of the East African region.

Under reamed piles are a type of foundation used in construction to provide structural support for buildings, bridges, and other types of infrastructure. These piles are typically used in areas where the soil is weak or unstable, and traditional shallow foundations are not adequate to support the weight of the structure.

Under reamed piles consist of a vertical shaft or stem, which is typically made of reinforced concrete, that is inserted into the ground. The lower portion of the shaft is then widened or flared out into a bulb-like shape, which is called the under ream. The under ream provides additional surface area and bearing capacity, which helps to distribute the load of the structure more effectively.

The under reams can be created using a variety of methods, including mechanical digging, drilling, and pressure grouting. The size and shape of the under ream depend on the specific soil conditions and the weight of the structure to be supported.

Under-reamed piles are often used in areas where the soil is expansive or subject to settlement, as they can help to resist these forces and prevent damage to the structure. They are also used in earthquake-prone areas, as the wide base of the under ream can help to absorb and distribute the energy of seismic waves.

Overall, under-reamed piles are a reliable and effective type of foundation that can provide strong structural support in a variety of soil conditions.

Our services include:

  • Design: Wen design the under reamed piles to suit the specific soil and loading conditions of a site. This may involve conducting soil tests to determine soil strength and stability, calculating loads and bearing capacity, and selecting the appropriate size and shape of the underream.
  • Installation: Specialized equipment and techniques are used to install under reamed piles. This may include drilling or digging the vertical shaft, widening the under ream, and placing steel reinforcement in the concrete. Installation may also involve quality control and assurance measures, such as monitoring concrete strength and placement.
  • Testing: Once the under-reamed piles are installed, they may need to be tested to ensure that they meet the design requirements and can support the intended loads. This may involve conducting load tests or settlement tests to measure the performance of the piles under different conditions.
  • Maintenance: Under-reamed piles may require maintenance or repair over time to ensure their continued effectiveness. This may involve grouting or reinforcing existing piles or installing new piles if the soil conditions change or the structure is modified.

Some of the common applications of Under Reamed Piles are:

  1. Building foundations: Under-reamed piles are often used to support the foundation of large buildings and structures such as bridges, high-rise buildings, and industrial plants.
  2. Transmission towers: These piles are also used to support transmission towers, which require a stable foundation to withstand high winds and the weight of the tower.
  3. Transportation infrastructure: Under-reamed piles are used to support the foundation of transportation infrastructure such as highways, railroads, and airports.
  4. Oil and gas exploration: These piles are also used in the oil and gas industry to support drilling rigs, pipelines, and other heavy equipment.
  5. Coastal structures: Under-reamed piles are used to support coastal structures such as seawalls, jetties, and breakwaters, which need a stable foundation to withstand the constant impact of waves and water currents.

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