World Premier

CCWRD – Las Vegas, Nevada

For the first time in the world, Malcolm Drilling performed one Bi-directional load test on one 48 inches in diameter auger cast pile. The test was part of our Value Engineering proposal saving about 30% foundation cost and substantial construction schedule by replacing the conventional drilled shafts with auger cast piles. All 360 auger cast piles (36 and 48 inches in diameter) will serve as foundation for the newest extension of Clark County’s water treatment plant in the Las Vegas Valley. Loadtest, as the responsible testing firm, applied almost 3,000 kip equivalent top down load using the O-Cell load testing method to confirm the design assumptions for this 84 foot long test pile. Pile integrity was tested and confirmed by GRL using the modern thermal integrity profiler. We also performed one traditional static load test on one 36 inches in diameter pile.

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