Testconsult take on an ambitious challenge of testing piles under various load cycles to monitor how they react.

The specialist pile testing system, developed by Testconsult, dynamically increases the pressure on a pile to a given load and then releases once a target threshold had been met. This cycle (averaging 25 seconds) was then repeated thousands of times per pile, during the various load tests and displacement and load were measured throughout. All of the load test data as then uploaded to our live data logging service.

The data from these piles was used in the Network Rail “Northern Electrification” project to support the overhead power cables and their accompanying structure. The project has been undertaken to give information as to which pile performs better under stress, if smaller piles can be used, this represents huge cost savings.
For more information on our work in the rail industry please contact us.