With Joint Or Connection Between Sections Of Similar Material Patents (Class 405/251)
  • Patent number: 10087106
    Abstract: An axial compression steel tubular column with internal local restraint and filled with high-strength compound concrete containing normal-strength demolished concrete lumps and a construction process. The axial compression column includes a steel tube (1), high-strength fresh concrete (2), normal-strength demolished concrete lumps (3), a spiral stirrup (4), and longitudinal erection bars (6). The spiral stirrup (4) is arranged at a middle part inside the steel tube (1). The high-strength fresh concrete (2) is poured and the normal-strength demolished concrete lumps (3) are put alternately inside the steel tube (1). A compressive strength of the high-strength fresh concrete (2) is 30˜90 MPa greater than that of the normal-strength demolished concrete lumps (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Bo Wu, Qiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9631336
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a screw pile for reinforcing the ground, and in particular, a pile for reinforcing the ground which can dig the ground. The screw pile includes: a bar-shaped body with a pile hole that is a passage of air and grouting solution; a screw that is formed spirally and integrally around the body; one or more grouting holes formed around the body so that grouting solution can be sprayed; a tip expanding-reinforcing plate that has a plate shape, is coupled to one end of the body on its top, and has an air discharge hole formed through the top and the bottom in the same line as the pile hole; and a excavation bit that has one end coupled to a side of the bottom of the tip expanding-reinforcing plate and the other end with a blade, in which when the bit 500 and the screw form a hole in the ground by rotation, the tip expanding-reinforcing plate moves to the bottom of the hole and performs grounding, increasing a tip support force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: EXT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyong Song
  • Patent number: 9188368
    Abstract: A geothermal flexible conduit loop single pass installation system for dense soil or rock. A conduit loop attachment is secured behind the soil penetrating head and has an engageable element adapted to hook a loop end portion of a flexible conduit loop and draw the conduit loop in a bore hole as it is being formed by the soil penetrating head as it descends in a soil under the influence of a downward force applied to a hollow force transmission shaft. A pressurized medium is released in the bore hole as it is formed. At least the force transmission is withdrawn with the flexible conduit loop retained in the bore hole by surrounding soil or a cement released through the shaft as it is withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Alain Desmeules
  • Patent number: 9181674
    Abstract: A reinforced helical pile system suitable for use in seismically active areas incorporates steel fibers in the grout and a fiber reinforced polymer sleeve (casing). A low-friction driving assembly and low-friction sleeve couplings enable the sleeve to be drawn into the soil substantially without rotation, reducing power consumption and preserving the integrity of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: M. Hesham El Naggar, Yasser Abdelghany, Mahmoud M. El Sharnouby, Roy Frater
  • Publication number: 20150071712
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for connecting first and second members of a helical pile system. A coupling member has a first opening at a first end and a second opening at a second end. A hollow protrusion extends outwardly from and axially along the outer surface of the coupling member. A fastener opening is disposed in the coupling member. A first member is fixedly receivable by the first opening of the coupling member. A second member has a rib disposed on an outer surface. The rib is receivable by the protrusion when the second member is received by the second opening of the coupling member. A fastener is receivable in the fastener opening. The fastener prevents withdrawal of the second member after being inserted in the coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy M. KEMP, Shawn D. DOWNEY, Kelly S. HAWKINS
  • Publication number: 20150059926
    Abstract: Methods and systems of repairing and/or extending wood piles and columns are disclosed. In these methods and systems a portion of the wood pile is removed and replaced by a preferable timber section. To strengthen the pile after addition of the new section, strips or sheets of reinforcing material is attached along the length of the new section of the pile such that the reinforcing material extends over the old part(s) of the pile and crosses over the joint or interface of the old and new parts of the pile. Subsequently a shell is provided around the new section of the pile and its attached reinforcing material and the annular space between the shell and the pile is filled with resin or similar materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Mohammad R. Ehsani
  • Publication number: 20150063923
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a quick coupling for pipe pile, comprising an upper end plate, a lower end plate and a screw hook made of spring steel for coupling the upper and lower end plate, a plurality of tapped holes are uniformly provided on the upper end plate, a plurality of holes corresponding to the tapped holes are provided on the lower end plate, a lock hole is positioned at the lower portion of the hole, while the cross-section area of the lock hole is bigger than the cross-section area of the hole. One end of the screw hook is provided with a screw end mating with the tapped hole on the upper end plate, while the other end is provided with a hook end mating with the lock hole on the lower end plate, whereby the upper and lower end plate can be coupled firmly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yuliang QI, Mengxiong TANG, Hesong HU
  • Patent number: 8888413
    Abstract: An improved transition coupling for a helical soil pile assembly transfers a compression load between two coupled shaft segments with little or no compression loading on the bolts that fasten the parts together. The coupling body has a shaft-receiving socket that extends axially into the body from one end to a socket bottom that axially abuts the end of one of the shafts. The body also has at least one shoulder between its ends that extends laterally outward and faces toward the end remote from the socket. A cylindrical portion of the body, which fits closely within the hollow end of the other shaft, extends axially toward the socket end up to the shoulder, which is adapted to abut the end of that shaft. At least one pair of aligned transverse holes in the body is adapted to receive a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary L. Seider, Shawn D. Downey, Jacob C. Atchley, Kelly S. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8888414
    Abstract: A grouted cylindrical connection utilizing bearing surfaces can be used with conventional transition-monopile foundations to connect the large diameter cylindrical shaped monopile to the larger diameter cylindrical shaped transition section which includes appurtances. The grouted cylindrical connection includes a cylindrical shaped monopile, a cylindrical shaped transition section receiving the monopile, an annulus being formed between the monopile and the transition section, and first and second bearing elements disposed in the annulus. The first bearing element is attached to the transition section and the second bearing element is attached to the monopile. The annulus is filled with grout to transmit force and moment between the transition section and the monopile through grout between the first and second bearing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Keystone Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Rudolph A. Hall
  • Patent number: 8851804
    Abstract: A support for use in mines and other underground workings is provided comprising a flexible inflatable bag configured for receiving a pumpable load-bearing material. A reinforcing material is provided for supporting the bag when the bag is filled with the load-bearing material. The reinforcing material can include reinforcing plates, rings, bands or barrels positioned about the outer periphery of the bag. Alternatively, the support can be formed from a plurality of stackable barrels that are filled with load-bearing material but without the inflatable bag. The barrels can include internal reinforcing or cladding material at spaced locations along the barrels to define controlled deflection zones. According to another design, the support can be designed to be extensible. The support is inexpensive to transport, can be erected on-site and has a reinforced structure with residual yield strength. A method for supporting a mine or other underground workings is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Micon
    Inventors: David A. Hussey, Stephen G. Sawyer, George A. Watson
  • Publication number: 20140212223
    Abstract: A foundation repair system comprising a starter pile, a cable, a stop, and at least one piling segment. The starter pile includes an elongate housing and a base with an opening therethrough. The cable extends from the elongate housing, through the base and through the piling segments. The piling segments include a first portion with a first cross-sectional area and a second portion with a second-smaller cross-sectional area, the second portion of one piling segment resting atop the first portion of the lower piling segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Hill
  • Patent number: 8632276
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing underwater beds includes a plurality of polygonal hollow pipes arranged side by side, the upper ends of which form a horizontal, substantially flat working platform. Each hollow pipe has a horizontal projection with a flange extending vertically and a corresponding flange insertion aperture with a slot immediately above it running vertically and extending as far as the upper end of the hollow pipe, the aperture being further away from the upper end of the hollow pipe than the projection with the flange and having a greater horizontal dimension than the slot. Neighboring hollow pipes engage one another via a respective projection with a corresponding slot. The hollow pipes cannot be moved relative to one another horizontally. Individual pipes can only be pulled out individually in an upward direction at the platform outer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Matthai Bauunternehmen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Juergen Fischer
  • Publication number: 20130330133
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a method by which a piling is reinforced and stable support strength can be provided to a building. The method accordingly includes a step for removing a peripheral region of a buried piling, and exposing the piling, and a step for forming in the removed area a reinforcement layer surrounding the piling. Employing a reinforcement method of such description enables load from the building to be supported by the piling and the reinforcement layer. The reinforcement layer can be formed by laying crushed rock, sandbags, concrete, or mortar; pouring a hardening materials; or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKIKAISHA SHINSEIKOMU
    Inventor: Kazumoto Jinno
  • Patent number: 8579548
    Abstract: A piling planing tool utilizes a cylindrical cutter head connected to a cylindrical cutter ring having teeth for planing the outer surfaces of damaged or deteriorating in situ pilings. Spacer rings are attached between the cutter head and cutter ring to lengthen the planing tool, in order to extend the tool to plane lower outer surfaces of the pilings. A drill bit extends through the planing tool to bore center channels into the pilings. A circular cutting blade is provided beneath the cutter head to plane the top of the piling. The method of reforming in situ pilings utilizes the planing tool to shape pilings so that they can be connected with new pilings. The pilings are connected by an internal steel rebar and sleeve, permanently secured with bonding material to form a single reformed piling having high tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Harold F Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130272798
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the installation of pipe pilings into the ground for use as structural building foundations, geothermal piles, or both, are disclosed. In addition to specialized fittings for pipe pile assemblies, the inventions include specialized drive mechanisms used in conjunction with rotary or vibratory motors. Methods of installing pipe pilings are further improved with the disclosure of methods of adding grout or similar materials during or after installation of the piles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Suver Paul
  • Publication number: 20130251460
    Abstract: A pile connecting metal bracket adapted to be secured to a structure to be supported by a metal pile is described. The bracket has a pair of elongated straight vertical support flanges in a pair of spaced-apart horizontal guide walls secured across the vertical support flanges. The guide wall guides driven hollow metal tubes of the pile. A drive mechanism is removably connected to an attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: 9267-9075 QUEBEC INC.
    Inventor: Alain DESMEULES
  • Patent number: 8517640
    Abstract: Embodiments pertain to a bi-directional testing method and apparatus for use with a pile. One embodiment utilizes a helical pile central shaft divided into two sections. An expandable bi-directional testing apparatus that includes a sacrificial hydraulic jack, such as, for example, an Osterberg Cell®, that can be installed within the central shaft between the two sections. One or more tell tale rods can be attached to the bi-directional testing apparatus. During testing, expansion of the Osterberg Cell® causes the bi-directional testing apparatus to expand, which can result in movement of the one or more tell tale rods. The movement of the tell tale rods can be correlated to the force exerted by the Osterberg Cell® and provide information regarding the status load bearing capacity of the helical pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Loadtest, Inc., Helical Pier Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Ben Kasprick, Thomas D. Bradka, Denton A. Kort
  • Patent number: 8506206
    Abstract: A composite pile is comprised of two or more rigid hollow tubes interconnected together end-to-end by a pile connector. A boring head is secured to a leading lower end of a lowermost one of the tubes. A force transmitting member is removably connectable to a top end of an uppermost one of the rigid hollow tubes to receive a driving force for driving each of the two or more rigid hollow tubes into the ground. The pile connector has opposed axially aligned projecting pile connecting members extending from opposed parallel faces of a transverse impact transfer disc and extend a predetermined distance in adjacent open ends of the tubes to maintain the tubes in alignment with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: 9267-9075 Quebec Inc.
    Inventor: Alain Desmeules
  • Patent number: 8500371
    Abstract: An arrangement for fixing two concentric tubes (1, 2) together by means of one or more pressure inducing members, preferably each formed as a pad (6); the member acts to press the tubes together; a support (3), preferably formed as a collar fixed inside the outer tube (1), is provided opposite the or each location of the or each member. The support is designed to maintain the circularity of the inner tube so that it can be readily withdrawn from the outer tube without jamming. This is useful for off-shore installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Britannia Engineering (Isle of Man) Limited
    Inventor: Peter James Curry
  • Publication number: 20130189040
    Abstract: A drive tool for connecting a member to the drive tool of a drive tool assembly includes a flange connectable to the drive tool assembly. A wall has a first portion extending axially outwardly from the flange and defining a socket for receiving a first member. The wall has a second portion extending axially from the first portion of the wall and having a circumferential extent less than that of the first portion to facilitate receiving the first member by providing a laterally and axially open alignment opening. The first member can have a second portion extending axially further than a first portion and having a circumferential extent less than the first portion to facilitate connecting a second member to the first member by providing a laterally and axially open alignment opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Jacob C. Atchley, Kelly S. Hawkins, Daniel V. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8444349
    Abstract: The grouted pile splice for pipe piles includes a lower pile section, and an upper pile section including an integral driving portion adapted to apply a driving force to the lower pile section. The upper pile section includes a stabbing portion sized to extend through a proximal end opening and into an inner bore of the lower pile section to form an annulus space between the upper pile section and the lower pile section to receive grout. The driving portion may include a wall thickness greater than a wall thickness of the stabbing portion, and an annular land positioned to contact a proximal end of the lower pile section. A grout distributor assembly may be mounted in the upper pile section to receive grout. A grout line assembly is inserted into the upper pile section and mated with the distributor assembly to supply pumped grout to the annulus space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Keystone Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Rudolph A. Hall
  • Publication number: 20130028666
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting a helical pile to a drive assembly includes a pin block connectable to the helical pile. A tool body has a first protrusion to receive the pin block to facilitate aligning the helical pile with the tool body. A locking member is movably connected to the tool body. The locking member is movable between an insertion position to allow insertion of the pin block and a locking position to lock the pin block in the tool body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jacob C. ATCHLEY, Shawn D. DOWNEY, Bernard A. STEINKAMP
  • Publication number: 20130004239
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pile wall system, pile, and method of installation. A pile adapted to be used in a wall system with at least one other pile. Hexagonal polygonal tubes assembled from chevron panels make up the piles. The panels and piles are held together with through connectors. The pile wall system is easily made by stacking the panels against each other and bolting them together. It is just as easily taken apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Mathew William Lewis Roberts
  • Publication number: 20120275866
    Abstract: Designs and methods for a modular foundation provide a strong and secure foundation in a time efficient and cost efficient manner. The modular foundation can include a cap structure having one or more pile guides coupled together. The modular foundation can further include piles that extend through the pile guides and into the ground. The cap structure and pile guides can be configured to use both vertical and angled piles. A plurality of connectors can connect the cap structure to the piles. The resulting foundation can be used to support various superstructures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: William W. Reeves
  • Publication number: 20120269583
    Abstract: The invention relates to a preformed weldable sheet pile (10) having a consistent cross-section, for the purpose of constructing an arrangement of sheet pile wall components, and particularly for the purpose of constructing a combi sheet pile wall. The weldable sheet pile according to the invention has a first flank (12), wherein a preformed weld end (26; 90) is constructed on the longitudinal edge of said first flank [(12)] to be welded onto a sheet pile wall component (62) of the arrangement (50), has a second flank (14), wherein an interlock (30) is formed on the longitudinal edge of said second flank [(14)] for the purpose of linking into the interlock of a further sheet pile wall component of the arrangement (50), and has a center web [(16)] which runs in a straight line and which connects the two flanks (12, 14) to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Heindl
  • Patent number: 8272810
    Abstract: A pile segment for foundation underpinning. In some embodiments, the pile segment includes a head, a trunk extending from the head, and a throughbore passing axially through the head and the trunk. The throughbore has a longitudinal centerline. The area of a cross-section through the head and normal to the centerline is greater than the area of a cross-section through the trunk and normal to the centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Anthony S. Dimitrijevic
  • Patent number: 8240957
    Abstract: Piling, apparatus and methods for pouring a concrete piling in situ around pre-positioned reinforcing rods inside removable hollow pipe sections that have been screwed into the ground. A final coupler pipe section including a removable coupler device is releasably attached to a reducer section and helical screw anchor that are left in the ground. The pipe sections are connected end to end by helical flanges and are screwed into the ground using the helical screw anchor. Once the pipe sections are screwed into the ground to a desired depth, the coupler device is operated to release the coupler section from the reducer section and the coupler device is extracted from the pipe sections. Reinforcing rods are disposed inside the pipe sections and reducer section. Concrete is poured into the pipe sections and reducer section to encase the reinforcing rods. The pipe sections including the coupler section are then removed from the ground and reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Heli-Crete “Eco-Friendly” Piling Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas B. Watson, III, Kenneth L. VanPolen
  • Patent number: 8215873
    Abstract: An anchor pile apparatus for placement in subsea soil has a tubular member has an interior passageway, a support structure affixed to the upper end of the tubular member, a shaft rotatably mounted in the support structure and extending downwardly through the interior passageway of the tubular member, and an auger connected to the shaft. A suitable hydraulic torquing tool can be connected to the shaft so as to cause the shaft to rotate for the purpose of rotating the auger. The auger is rotated so as to draw the tubular member into the subsea soil. The tubular member has a plurality of fins extending radially outwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Trendsetter Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario R. Lugo, Randolph G. Smith, Noel F. Mascarenhas
  • Publication number: 20120087741
    Abstract: A composite pile is comprised of two or more rigid hollow tubes interconnected together end-to-end by a pile connector. A boring head is secured to a leading lower end of a lowermost one of the tubes. A force transmitting member is removably connectable to a top end of an uppermost one of the rigid hollow tubes to receive a driving force for driving each of the two or more rigid hollow tubes into the ground. The pile connector has opposed axially aligned projecting pile connecting members extending from opposed parallel faces of a transverse impact transfer disc and extend a predetermined distance in adjacent open ends of the tubes to maintain the tubes in alignment with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Alain DESMEULES
  • Patent number: 8113744
    Abstract: A jetting system for installing foundation underpinning is disclosed. In some embodiments, the jetting system includes a pile having one or more pile segments, an elongated reinforcing tubular member, and a jetting tube. Each of the one or more pile segments includes a throughbore passing axially through the head and the trunk. The throughbores of the one or more pile segments are vertically aligned forming a passage through the pile. The elongated reinforcing tubular is disposed within the passage, and the jetting tube is inserted into the reinforcing tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Anthony S. Dimitrijevic
  • Patent number: 8079781
    Abstract: A structural support device in the form of a push pier capable of use in high load-bearing capacity applications involving significant lateral load conditions, the push pier having a lead section with a ground penetrating friction collar, and one or more extension members that are machine fabricated with an integrally formed hardened alloy steel coupling section that is adapted to mate with the push pier lead section or another similarly constructed extension shaft. The hardened coupling section is formed of heat-treated and hardened alloy steel which is quenched and tempered to a yield and tensile strength substantially exceeding that of the main tubular shaft section to which it is connected, and inertia friction welded thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: World Transload & Logistics, LLC.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Ronnkvist
  • Patent number: 8033757
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a method and apparatus for placing a helical pile in the soil with minimal disturbances to the soil. The helical pile has an elongated pipe with a central chamber. The pipe has a helical blade with an opening in the trailing edge of the blade where grout is extruded. The grout fills those portions of the soil which were disturbed by the blade. Advantageously, those portions of the soil which were not disturbed by the blade are not infused with grout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Ben Stroyer
  • Patent number: 7854451
    Abstract: Disclosed is an anchor pile coupling system, consisting of a male and female pile coupling which can be attached to opposite ends of a piling, as well as a top drive which is used to apply rotational force to the piling string in order to guide it into the anchoring surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph S. Davis, II
  • Patent number: 7850399
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of splicing pile cages, to a set of components therefor, and to assembled pile cages, and in particular to a method of splicing together two pile cages of a reinforced concrete pile. The method employs two pile cages which are each assembled from a number of cage bars and at least one frame, one of the pile cages having a suspension band adjacent to one of its ends, the other pile cage having at least one support plate adjacent to one of its ends, the support plate having a hole therethrough. One of the pile cages is lifted into a pile hole with its end projecting therefrom, and the second pile cage is lifted over the first pile cage and lowered until a part of the cage bars of the second pile cage overlap a part of the cage bars of the first pile cage, and the hole in the support plate lies below the suspension band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen Render
  • Patent number: 7744316
    Abstract: A lift bracket system for lifting a building structure such as a foundation and the like comprising a lift plate having a top surface and a bottom surface, the top surface for insertion under the building structure; a generally cylindrical housing affixed to the lift plate and extending perpendicularly from the top surface and the bottom surface of the lift plate, the housing defining a generally circular opening through the lift plate, the opening being disposed away from the center of the lift plate; and at least one gusset for supporting the lift plate, the gusset having a first end and a second end, the gusset disposed beneath the lift plate, wherein the first end of the gusset is attached to the bottom surface of the lift plate and the second end of the gusset is attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: PierTech, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Kaufman
  • Patent number: 7736095
    Abstract: A conventionally available pile for civil engineering work is constructed such that the pile has in its inside a core body with wedges that stick into soil deep in the ground and function to prevent the pile from coming out of place. A problem exists with such a pile in that placing the core body at an appropriate position inside the pile is difficult. A pile for civil engineering work of this invention enables a core body to be placed at an appropriate position and labor required for the placement to be reduced. A pile (1) for civil engineering work is characterized in that, for example, a guide rail (4) that enables a core body (6) to be guided is provided inside a body of the pile (1), the core body (6) is guided through the guide rail (4), and wedges (6a, 6b) are appropriately guided to cut/pushed-in openings (2a, 2b, 3a, 3b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Fujita
  • Patent number: 7708317
    Abstract: A hollow pipe connector is described for interconnecting opposed ends of two hollow pipes in abutting end-to-end relationship. Preferably, but not exclusively, the pipes are hollow pile cylinders of circular cross-section. The connector is formed by two flat metal plates each having interconnecting slots whereby the plates are coupled together to form a connector of X-cross-section. Each of the plates have outer side edges having opposed sloped edge portions on a respective side of an arresting raised projection formed in the outer edge in a mid-section thereof. The sloped edge portions slope inwardly towards a respective one of the opposed ends of the connector member. The connector engages opposed end portions of pipes coupled together by a frictional retaining force exerted on the inner walls at opposed ends of the coupled pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Alain Desmeules
    Inventor: Alexandre Leblanc
  • Patent number: 7661906
    Abstract: A woodpile connector has a tubular body defined by an open-end lower portion and an open-end upper portion. The upper portion and the lower portion are fixedly connected, at their free ends, to a separating plate, which is secured between an inner surface and an outer surface of the tubular body. The open ends of the connector body have beveled edges to facilitate compression of the wood being forced into the connector body. By aligning the connector portions in relation to the pile sections, while forcing the connector portions into the ends of the adjoining pile sections, alignment of the pile sections is achieved even when the pile sections do not have evenly cut connecting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Howard C. Austin
  • Publication number: 20100021243
    Abstract: A foundation underpinning is disclosed. In some embodiments, the foundation underpinning includes a pile having one or more pile segments and an elongated reinforcing tubular member. Each of the one or more pile segments includes a throughbore passing axially through the head and the trunk. The throughbores of the one or more pile segments are vertically aligned forming a passage through the pile, and the elongated reinforcing tubular is disposed within the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Dimitrijevic
  • Patent number: 7618217
    Abstract: A post-tensioned pile anchor foundation and method therefor creates a void or highly compressible region between a drilled or driven pile anchor surrounding a post-tensioned anchor bolt or tendon and the bottom of a foundation cap. The void or compressible region can be formed by compressible spacers or void forming elements placed between the top of the pile anchor and the concrete cap. As the anchor bolt or tendon is post-tensioned against the cap, the void forming element is compressed or crushed, allowing the cap to be pulled downwardly and the pile anchor to be pulled upwardly toward the cap against the resistance of the surrounding soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Allan P. Henderson
  • Patent number: 7607865
    Abstract: A system and method for supporting a building in which elongated sections, such as pilings, are connected in an end-to-end, abutting relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Gregory Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Gregory, Darren Gregory, Robert Kent Pharr
  • Publication number: 20090180838
    Abstract: A structural support device in the form of a push pier capable of use in high load-bearing capacity applications involving significant lateral load conditions, the push pier having a lead section with a ground penetrating friction collar, and one or more extension members that are machine fabricated with an integrally formed hardened alloy steel coupling section that is adapted to mate with the push pier lead section or another similarly constructed extension shaft. The hardened coupling section is formed of heat-treated and hardened alloy steel which is quenched and tempered to a yield and tensile strength substantially exceeding that of the main tubular shaft section to which it is connected, and inertia friction welded thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas M. Ronnkvist
  • Publication number: 20090155001
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a PHC pile used in a permanent retaining wall structure, and a connection method thereof, and more particularly, to a method of connecting PHC piles to each other by inserting a connection bar into connection pipes embedded in sheaths of the PHC piles. To this end, the PHC pile comprises a left connection pipe installed at one side of the sheath of the PHC pile and a right connection pipe embedded at the other opposite side of the sheath. Further, the method of connecting the PHC pile to each other comprises the steps of inserting a water-proof material into inner semi-cylindrical grooves of the connection pipes, inserting the connection bar between the connection pipes of the PHC piles, and consecutively connecting a plurality of PHC piles to one another by repeating the above steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: BARO CONSTRUCTION KEY-TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-Man Kim, Sang-Mun Yun
  • Publication number: 20090110488
    Abstract: A method of coaxially splicing a pair of tubular foundation piles in an end-to-end relationship includes the step of constructing a tubular splice from a resilient material, the tubular splice having the same outer diameter as the pair of foundation piles and being shaped to define a longitudinal slit which extends the entirety of its length. A strap is cinched tightly around the splice which renders its outer diameter less than the inner diameter of the pair of foundation piles. Each end of the compressed splice is then inserted into an adhesive coated end of a corresponding foundation pile. With the pair of foundation piles telescopingly mounted over the compressed splice, the cinched strap is removed which causes the splice to resiliently expand radially outward and thinly spread the adhesive. The foundation piles are then preferably drawn together and the adhesive is allowed to cure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Everett A. Pearson
  • Patent number: 7494299
    Abstract: An in-situ pile apparatus 10 includes a helical anchor to which a plurality of elongated generally cylindrically shaped sections can be added. Each of the sections has a specially shaped end portion for connecting to another section. An internal drive is positioned in sections inside the bore of each of the connectable pile sections. The internal drive includes enlarged sections that fit at the joint between pile sections. In one embodiment, the internal drive can be removed to leave a rod behind that defines reinforcement for an added material such as concrete. The rod also allows for a tension rod connection from the anchor tip to an upper portion attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Whitsett
  • Patent number: 7354224
    Abstract: Piles are spliced using a first splicer element comprising a first splicer face and a cross-section sized and contoured to mate with and press firmly against first faces of a pair of piles to be spliced; together with a second splicer element comprising a second splicer face and a cross-section sized and contoured to mate with and press firmly against second faces of said pair of piles to be spliced; together with an inter-facial connection and distance-adjustment apparatus for connecting said first and second splicer faces together firmly about said first and second faces of said pair of piles to be spliced, and for increasing or decreasing an interfacial distance between said first and second splicer faces at will.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: John V. Cinquano
  • Patent number: 7351013
    Abstract: A pile jacking sleeve includes a structural sleeve having a bottom section, an intermediate section and a top section. A stationary plate partitions the bottom section from the top section. A floating plate separates the intermediate section from the top section. A hinged door at the top section allows lateral entry of a piling into the top section when the door is open. An aperture allows insertion and removal of at least one jack into the intermediate section. Actuation of the jack urges the floating plate away from the stationary plate, controllably imparting a load to installed piling. A plurality of bolt holes are also provided in the sleeve to secure piling thereto. The sleeve may be jacketed for additional protection. A plurality of grout windows are also provided in the sleeve to enable filling the structure with a solidifying filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Scott Anderson
  • Patent number: 7326004
    Abstract: A primary earth penetrating mandrel formed of a hollow shell steel plate octagonal in cross-section has an upper end and a blunt lower end joined by an upwardly and outwardly tapered wall. The mandrel is driven downwardly in the earth to simultaneously form a vertical tapered cavity while compacting the sidewall of the cavity to provide structural integrity. The mandrel is then moved upwardly from the bottom of the cavity and aggregate is deposited in the bottom of the cavity following which the mandrel is lowered so that its blunt lower end engages the deposited aggregate and densifies the aggregate by vertical vibratory action and static force with these steps being repeated until the pier top is near the surface of the earth at which time the upper aggregate portions are densified by either the primary mandrel or a secondary mandrel having a substantially larger lower end surface than the lower end surface of the primary mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Geopier Foundation Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kord J. Wissmann, Alan L. Moxhay, Nathaniel S. Fox
  • Patent number: 7320371
    Abstract: A method and device for boring, particularly percussion boring or rotary percussion boring, a hole in soil or rock material and for forming an anchoring. A borehole is formed by inserting a drill bit, and a casing tube is placed inside the borehole during the boring process. Once the borehole is completed, the boring rods are detached from the drill bit and removed from the borehole. The periphery of the casing tube is provided with a number of passage openings for discharging hardenable material. A tensioning device for the anchor, particularly an anchor plate and a screw that can be screwed onto the casing tube, can be fixed to the end of the casing tube protruding from the borehole. Anchoring or fixing elements for anchoring the casing tube on the surrounding inner wall of the borehole are provided, in particular, on the end area of the casing tube oriented toward the drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: “ALWAG” Tunnelausbau Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Mocivnik, Renè Egger-Mocivnik, Alfred Wagner, Karl Böhm
  • Patent number: 7314335
    Abstract: An anchor pile apparatus has a helical anchor rotatable by a power source through an intermediate drive member. The drive member extends through a plurality of hollow pile sections, which are driven, one by one, into the soil following the penetration of the anchor. In one of the embodiments, the anchor and the pile sections are rotated separately by independent motors, thus expediting the installation of the pile in the pre-determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Whitsett