DRIVECAST
vs the competition

Drivecast is a high-capacity grouted displacement pile for sites with limited access and other constraints. Discover how this innovative deep foundation system can help you compete for bigger jobs without specialized equipment or major commitments of any kind.

High capacity with a twist.

Drivecast solves a variety of common construction challenges through an innovative rotational installation method which provides advantages in all of the following areas…

Shhh… quiet please!
(pile installation in progress)

Not everyone appreciates the relentless BANGBANGBANG… of a driven pile. Librarians, students, sleeping babies — actually, most people HATE it. Drivecast is installed by screwing silently into the ground, similar to a helical pile. No banging. No noise. No angry neighbors.

 

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Quiet Installation

No bad vibrations.

Bad things happen when sensitive structures like hospitals, manufacturing facilities, chemical plants, and rail lines are exposed to excessive underground vibrations. The kind of vibrations produced by driven and vibratory piles, for example. The smooth rotational installation of Drivecast eliminates underground vibrations of any kind.

 

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No Vibrations

Nothing spoils a good site like… Spoils.

On many jobs, spoils from drilled piles are a major headache and a hefty added expense. Environmentally sensitive sites are heavily regulated. Dense urban sites make hauling away excess material a hassle. Contaminated soils need to be transported to special dump sites. All those spoils add up in a hurry. Drivecast is a displacement pile which compacts soil outward instead of digging it up out of the ground. Nothing extra to spoil the fun.

 

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Minimal Spoils

Mobilization on demand.

Some jobs are in the middle of nowhere. Other jobs are smack dab in the center of downtown. In either case, mobilizing enormous pile installation rigs is a pain in the you-know-what. All you need to install Drivecast is a drive head on pretty much any size excavator and a grout plant. Literally everything you need for installation fits neatly on a mid-size flatbed trailer. No “Wide Load” escorts needed.

 

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Easy to Mobilize

Limited access is a problem of the past.

On job sites where space is at a premium, access limitations tend to dictate which solutions are viable. Tight spaces between buildings prevent maneuverability of large piling equipment. Underground utilities and infrastructure work, small bridges, and underpinning often have low overhead clearance, eliminating all but a few practical options. Helical piles can be a useful option with a small footprint, but capacities can be somewhat limiting. Drivecast combines the space-conscious installation process of a helical, with far greater load bearing capacities.

 

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Use with Limited Access

Installed with equipment you already own.

Drivecast can be installed with the same equipment you already use to screw in helicals. A decent quality drive head on a small-to-mid-size excavator. That’s it! Add some grout and you’re in business!

 

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Install w/ Typical Equipment

High capacity. Cost efficiency.

Drivecast is a cost-effective solution for pile foundation projects, as it significantly reduces installation time and other associated costs. The ability to use standard equipment and smaller crews, elimination of spoils removal, minimal disruption to surrounding traffic and infrastructure, and specs for shorter piles which require less material, often translate into substantial cost savings over alternative methods.

 

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Cost Effective High Capacity

End bearing optional.

For maximum load bearing capacity, driven piles need to keep going until they hit bedrock. The Drivecast grouted pile derives its capacity from a combination of end bearing and friction. End bearing in a Drivecast pile acts very similar to helicals and can be calculated in the same way. The friction is derived from the grout to soil bond and produces reliable capacity in just about every type of soil.

 

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End Bearing Optional

Drivecast checks all the boxes…

When you add it all up, Drivecast is a truly advanced deep foundation system and provides significant advantages over alternative piling methods. Drivecast combines a number of valuable benefits into a single modern pile technology, making it a practical and cost effective solution in a variety of applications.

 

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Quiet Installation
No Vibrations
Minimal Spoils
Easy to Mobilize
Use with Limited Access
Install w/ Typical Equipment
Cost Effective High Capacity
End Bearing Optional

How Drivecast is Installed

Drivecast is installed with a standard torque drive head by rotating it into the ground, very similar to a helical pile. The lead assembly displaces soil outward, creating an empty column in its path. Drivecast Extensions are bolted to the end of the lead and rotated until the required depth. Grout is gravity fed throughout the installation process to ensure proper bonding for the full length of the pile. QC/QA can be ensured by continuously monitoring torque and grout-take throughout the installation of each pile.

Big picture:
It’s all about dollars per kip.

Drivecast is not the cheapest pile on the market to manufacture — it’s actually made from high-quality American steel. However, when you factor in a higher capacity per foot, faster speed of installation, reduced labor, better mobilization, and the lack of specialized installation equipment, the overall cost of dollars per kip produced competes with any other option on the market.

Let’s Talk.

If the Drivecast grouted displacement pile sounds interesting, we’d love to have a conversation. We can answer any questions you have about the product and show you how Drivecast can expand your service offerings, helping you compete for bigger jobs. All without any major commitments!

Schedule a no-obligation consultation to find out if Drivecast is a good fit for your company!

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