This article addresses the continuing research effort in the area of driven pile foundations. Such foundations were constructed in antiquity by crews of people or by draft animals. Mechanized methods of construction came during the industrial revolution. The 19th century brought the application of scientific methods to pile driving to measure and predict the load-carrying capacity of driven piles. In the early 20th century, the results of dynamic penetrometers were used for predicting pile driveability. Computer analysis came in the 1950s. The 1960s brought dynamic monitoring of pile driving that today has become routine. The various procedures and equipment developed at the Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) and by the Ohio Department of Transportation are discussed in this article. The article concludes with a look at recent developments. In 1999 it was estimated that the pile driving analyzer was being used on more than 6,000 projects annually worldwide. Currently being implemented is the capability to transmit signals to and from the field pile driving analyzer by cellular telephone. During the next few years, the unit cost of dynamic testing is expected to be considerably reduced.


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Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 3-7
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 207
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00791605
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2000 12:00AM