Micropile foundations, often less than 12 inches in diameter, represent a cutting-edge approach in deep foundation engineering. Renowned for their expertise, Schnabel excels in using specialized drilling equipment capable of navigating tight spaces, such as standard doorways, and operating under 8-foot ceilings.
Ideal for reinforcing existing buildings, micropile foundations can be implemented within the structure itself, offering the advantage of minimal vibration during installation compared to other deep foundation methods. Their versatility extends to areas with natural or artificial obstructions, where their slim design and advanced drilling technology allow for effective penetration through challenging materials like cobbles and boulders, unlike traditional drilling or pile-driving methods. Micropiles can typically support loads ranging from 20 to 200 kips, but Schnabel’s capabilities include installing and testing micropiles for loads up to 1,200 kips.
The process of constructing micropile foundations involves utilizing these slender piles to effectively distribute structural loads to the sturdier underlying strata.