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What is Sheet Pile And How Is It Used?

Sheet pile is used in construction for earth retention and excavation support. Sheet piling is crafted from steel to give it the durable reliability that delivers unmatched support. Steel is the preferred material for sheet pile.

Over 82 million tons of steel was created in the US in 2017 with a high percentage used in the construction industry. Sheet pile, pipe pile, and more are constructed from steel and used in the building and construction industry.

The Design of Steel Sheet Pile

Steel sheet pile are sheets with interlocking bottoms and tops. They are designed to be driven below the soil line for retention. The design of these interlocking sheets adds to the strength and durability.

What Are They Used For?

There is a range of projects where sheet pile is the right selection including coffer dams, sea walls, parking garages, basements, land reclamation, retaining walls, basements, and other underground structures.

They can be used where other options cannot like in marine applications. The steel structure is virtually impervious to environmental exposure. They will stand the test of time even in the most austere conditions.

How Are They Applied

These sheets are driven into the ground. Friction between the soil and the sheet helps to keep the sheet in place. They are cost-effective and easy to install. They can be used without having to add other support structures.

The Conditions

While the sheet pilings are an excellent option for support there are some conditions to consider:

  • Is there a permanent need or a temporary need?
  • What type of flexibility is needed?
  • The type of structure and the soil composition

If this is a temporary structure while you can use steel sheet pile and steel sheet pile joints but you may want to consider something less permanent. Sheet piling is not very flexible, once it is in it is pretty much not moving anywhere. If you need a material that has more give, the steel sheet pile is not the solution.

Soil Composition

This solution can work great with just about any type of soil composition from sandy loom to rocky clay soils. In cases, where other options simply cannot stand up to the pressure sheet pile can.

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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