Whenever shallow foundations don’t provide adequate support for structural elements, deep foundations transfer building load deep into the Earth by drilling piles into it. Pile foundations are vertical structural elements that assist in greater support, stability and durability for the building.
As shallow foundations use near-surface soil to transfer loads, they are typically used for small to medium sized buildings when there are ideal soil conditions, like shallow bedrock. When conditions are less than favourable, however, deep foundations are essential because the bearing capacity of soil increases with depth. Near-surface soils are sometimes composed of soft clays, collapsible soils or expansive soils that aren’t suited for bearing large loads. Although the construction process of deep foundations is much more complex and expensive, it is ideal for projects with poor soil conditions, large design loads and complex site constraints.
At RMTEC, we are highly experienced and knowledgeable in optimizing the performance of foundation systems. Our multidisciplinary approach delivers excellence with the power of applied intelligence, allowing us to help you invest in sustainable infrastructure. Regardless of the project at hand, our civil engineers and geologists are able to pull from a vast portfolio of knowledge and experience in the areas of materials, structural and mechanical engineering. We ensure every project we take on is treated with the highest levels of attention using a completely custom-tailored approach.
If you’re ready to elevate the quality of your project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.