Micropile installation involves using compact piles, often not exceeding 12 inches in diameter, for deep foundation work. Pioneers in micropiles installation, Schnabel employs advanced drilling equipment capable of navigating tight spaces, such as through standard doorways and under 8-foot ceilings.
Ideal for reinforcing existing structures, micropiles are effectively installed indoors, offering the advantage of minimal vibration compared to other deep foundation methods. Their application is particularly valuable in areas with natural or artificial obstacles, where their smaller diameter drilling technology efficiently overcomes challenges like cobbles and boulders, a feat more difficult for traditional drilling or pile-driving methods. Typically, micropiles bear loads ranging from 20 to 200 kips, but Schnabel has successfully installed and tested them for up to 1,200 kips.
This process of micropiles installation ensures a reliable transfer of structural loads to stable subsurface layers.