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The Ins and Outs of Sheet Piling

The process of putting in a foundation on the ground that is underwater without losing lots of ground underneath is a challenge. This is why so many companies turn to sheet piling, which is considered to be the gold standard in this process. It is the most common method used in giving some protection from water and during excavating processes. The reasons are simple. It is cost-effective, reliable, and the best at offering protection to facilities and foundation.


Sheet piling companies use a process that is pretty simple. When there is a need to hold back siding or a wall., sheets of steel will be forced into wedges in the ground at various intervals that were picked in advance. Impact or vibratory hammers are used for this. There are times when steel sheet piling is done using hydraulic processes. After the steel has been put in the right place, the sheets will connect in an interlocking formation. Anchors can be added to add strength to the structure. These can be used for both permanent and temporary structures. This process is most often used for:


  • Parking lots and buildings.


  • Basements.


  • Bulkheads and seawalls.


  • Pump houses.


  • Cofferdams.


  • Structures that are put below ground.


  • Foundations.


When the right method is used and the right design has been drafted up, and everything goes to plan, steel sheet piling can just about completely prevent erosion, landslides, water breeches, and collapses. This can do a lot to protect the people working on construction sites as well as all of the pricey pieces of construction equipment.


The steel sheet piling process can be on the intense side. It is crucial to use the proper impact drivers to prevent the sheets from being compromised throughout the process. Every material can withstand a different level of pressure so it is critically important to pay attention to what the information supplied by the manufacturer.


There are a number of kinds of sheets that can be used. Not all sites have the same needs. That means the retention walls put in for one job may not work for another. Here are a few of the kinds of retention walls used most often:


Braced and anchored walls are needed in high-intensity scenarios such as projects that require the use of lateral branches and anchors.


Cantilevers are used to give support by the sheer weight of the walls themselves.


Tangent or secant piles are used when the best option is to drill holes in the sheets and add dirt to make the whole thing stronger.


Soldier piles use H section pipes.


Slurry and structural walls are similar to tangent and secant walls but the fill material is concrete, not soil.


When a site needs protection, a trench needs to be created, a structure needs to be built underwater, sheet piling is one of the most reliable and cost-effective ways to go. Steel is often used because carbon steel has a high tensile strength. It is 580 megapascals (Mpa). It also has a yield strength of 260 Mpa. Cold rolled steel sheets are also very effective at protecting sites and structures from nature’s wrath.

JD Fields Construction Group

JD Fields Construction Group

Prior to founding J D Fields & Company, Jerry Fields gained decades of experience in construction products and piling applications managing equipment rentals, material sales, and product operations. Coupled with his oil and gas experience, Jerry built a rock solid foundation of industry knowledge and relationships that allowed him and his partners to start the company in 1985. Incorporated in Houston, Texas, JDF quickly diversified into multiple construction markets and applications. Today, it is a premiere international source for natural gas pipe and piling products. Strategically positioned at the Port of Houston corridor, our flagship stocking facility has 40 acres of laydown area with steel processing and fabrication capabilities. We carry more than 50,000 tons of pipe and piling inventory throughout the states to serve North America, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and other international markets.

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