Pre-Cast Concrete Pile Drive Installation Process


Designing and constructing a solid foundation for buildings is arguably the most important aspect of any building project. Without the right foundation, the whole structure built on top will simply not last for very long and will in the long run, cost even more to put right.

Naif Engineering & Builders Ltd has entered into the piling business equipped with modern machinery and vast capabilities. The company currently owns rotary drilling rigs, several percussion drilling rigs and related equipment as well as a large fleet of cranes, excavators, loaders, and dump trucks to support operations of pilling rigs.

We are engaged in offering services related to Piling Construction. Piling, in building construction, a post like foundation member used from prehistoric times. Piling is an unavoidable activity for soil improvement operations in concrete structures such as fly over, bridges, industrial structures & multi-storied buildings. We hold proficiency in carrying out all kinds of construction & development works, including erection of buildings & structures or for roads, dams, bridges and others.

Following are the situations when using a pile foundation system can be

  • When the groundwater table is high.
  • Heavy and un-uniform loads from superstructure are imposed.
  • Other types of foundations are costlier or not feasible.
  • When the soil at shallow depth is compressible.
  • When there is the possibility of scouring, due to its location near the river bed or seashore, etc.
  • When there is a canal or deep drainage systems near the structure.

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Among all fuzzy information about piling services around the market of Bangladesh, NAIF ENGINEERING & BUILDERS LTD is going let you know what actually the piling is, the types are, the benefits are and the cost is.

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Types of piling:

Piling foundation types

Pile foundations can be classified based on function, materials and installation process, etc. Followings are the types of pile foundation used in construction:

Sheet Piles

This type of pile is mostly used to provide lateral support. Usually, they resist lateral pressure from loose soil, the flow of water, etc. They are usually used for cofferdams, trench sheeting, shore protection, etc. They are not used for providing vertical support to the structure. They are usually used to serve the following purpose-

  • Construction of retaining walls.
  • Protection from river bank erosion.
  • Retain the loose soil around foundation trenches.
  • For isolation of foundation from adjacent soils.
  • For confinement of soil and thus increase the bearing capacity of the soil.

Load Bearing Piles

This type of pile foundation is mainly used to transfer the vertical loads from the structure to the soil. These foundations transmit loads through the soil with poor supporting property onto a layer which is capable of bearing the load. Depending on the mechanism of load transfer from pile to the soil, load-bearing piles can be further classified as flowed.

End Bearing Piles

In this type of pile, the loads pass through the lower tip of the pile. The bottom end of the pile rests on a strong layer of soil or rock. Usually, the pile rests at a transition layer of a weak and strong slayer. As a result, the pile acts as a column and safely transfers the load to the strong layer.

The total capacity of end bearing pile can be calculated by multiplying the area of the tip of the pile and the bearing capacity of at that particular depth of soil at which the pile rests. Considering a reasonable factor of safety, the diameter of the pile is calculated.

Friction Pile

Friction pile transfers the load from the structure to the soil by the frictional force between the surface of the pile and the soil surrounding the pile such as stiff clay, sandy soil, etc. Friction can be developed for the entire length of the pile or a definite length of the pile, depending on the strata of the soil. In friction pile, generally, the entire surface of the pile works to transfer the loads from the structure to the soil.

The surface area of the pile multiplied by the safe friction force developed per unit area determines the capacity of the pile.

While designing skin friction pile, the skin friction to be developed at a pile surface should be sincerely evaluated and a reasonable factor of safety should be considered. Besides this one can increase the pile diameter, depth, number of piles and make pile surface rough to increase the capacity of friction pile.

Soil Compactor Piles

Sometimes piles are driven at placed closed intervals to increase the bearing capacity of soil by compacting.

Types of Pile Foundation Based on Materials and Construction Method

Primarily piles can be classified into two parts. Displacement piles and Non-displacement or Replacement piles. Piles which causes the soil to be displaced vertically and radially as they are driven to the ground is known as Displacement piles. In case of Replacement piles, the ground is bored and the soil is removed and then the resulting hole is either filled with concrete or a pre-cast concrete pile is inserted. On the basis of materials of pile construction and their installation process load-bearing piles can be classified as follows:

Timber Piles

Timber piles are placed under the water level. They last for approximately about 30 years. They can be rectangular or circular in shape. Their diameter or size can vary from 12 to 16 inches. The length of the pile is usually 20 times of the top width.

They are usually designed for 15 to 20 tons. Additional strength can be obtained by bolting fish plates to the side of the piles.

Advantages of Timber Piles-

  • Timber piles of regular size are available.
  • Economical.
  • Easy to install.
  • Low possibility of damage.
  • Timber piles can be cut off at any desired length after they are installed. 
  • If necessary, timber piles can be easily pulled out.

Disadvantages of Timber Piles-

  • Piles of longer lengths are not always available.
  • It is difficult to obtain straight piles if the length is short.
  • It is difficult to drive the pile if the soil strata are very hard.
  • Spicing of timber pile is difficult.
  • Timber or wooden piles are not suitable to be used as end-bearing piles.
  • For durability of timber piles, special measures have to be taken. For example- wooden piles are often treated with preservative.


Concrete Piles

Pre-cast Concrete Pile

The precast concrete pile is cast in pile bed in the horizontal form if they are rectangular in shape. Usually, circular piles are cast in vertical forms. Precast piles are usually reinforced with steel to prevent breakage during its mobilization from casting bed to the location of the foundation. After the piles are cast, curing has to be performed as per specification. Generally curing period for pre-cast piles is 21 to 28 days.

Advantages of Pre-cast Piles

  • Provides high resistance to chemical and biological cracks.
  • They are usually of high strength.
  • To facilitate driving, a pipe may be installed along the center of the pile.
  • If the piles are cast and ready to be driven before the installation phase is due, it can increase the pace of work.
  • The confinement of the reinforcement can be ensured.
  • Quality of the pile can be controlled. 
  • f any fault is identified, it can be replaced before driving.
  • Pre-cast piles can be driven under the water.
  • The piles can be loaded immediately after it is driven up to the required length.

Disadvantages of Pre-cast Piles

  • Once the length of the pile is decided, it is difficult to increase or decrease the length of the pile afterward.
  • They are difficult to mobilize.
  • Needs heavy and expensive equipment to drive.
  • As they are not available for readymade purchase, it can cause a delay in the project.
  • There is a possibility of breakage or damage during handling and driving od piles.

Cast-in-Palace Concrete Piles

This type of pile is constructed by boring of soil up to the desired depth and then, depositing freshly mixed concrete in that place and letting it cure there. This type of pile is constructed either by driving a metallic shell to the ground and filling it with concrete and leave the shell with the concrete or the shell is pulled out while concrete is poured.

Advantages of Cast-in-Place Concrete Piles

  • The shells are light weighted, so they are easy to handle. 
  • Length of piles can be varied easily.
  • The shells may be assembled at sight. 
  • No excess enforcement is required only to prevent damage from handling.
  • No possibility of breaking during installation.
  • Additional piles can be provided easily if required.

Disadvantages of Cast-in-Place Concrete Piles

  • Installation requires careful supervision and quality control.
  • Needs sufficient place on site for storage of the materials used for construction.
  • It is difficult to construct cast in situ piles where the underground water flow is heavy.
  • Bottom of the pile may not be symmetrical.
  • If the pile is un-reinforced and uncased, the pile can fail in tension if there acts and uplifting force.

Steel Piles

Steel piles may be of I-section or hollow pipe. They are filled with concrete. The size may vary from 10 inches to 24 inches in diameter and thickness is usually ¾ inches. Because of the small sectional area, the piles are easy to drive. They are mostly used as end-bearing piles.

Advantages of Steel Piles

  • They are easy to install. 
  • They can reach a greater depth comparing to any other type of pile. 
  • Can penetrate through the hard layer of soil due to the less cross-sectional area. 
  • It is easy to splice steel piles
  • Can carry heavy loads.

Disadvantage of Steel Piles

  • Prone to corrosion.
  • Has a possibility of deviating while driving.
  • Comparatively expensive.

Cast in situ pile

To cast the pile concrete boring a specified depth of soil at the site of the pile is called cast in situ pile. In this piling system, pile is made in the place where it is placed. This is why no impact or hydraulic pressure is required for the placement of the pile. Usually rod is not used in this kind of pile unless it is used for column.

Benefits of cast is situ pile

  1. This pile is made according to the actual length of the bored soil. So, a lot of time and the money is saved in this piling system.

  1. During the placement of the pile no hydraulic and impact pressures are required, as a result perfection can easily be maintained.

  1. Transportation cost is zero.

  1. No time is required for the curing.

  1. Increasing the diameter of drilling shaft heavy load capacity pile can be made. Like pedestal pile.

  1. As length of the pile and carrying capacity soil is previously known in this piling system, exact pile can easily be designed.

Sheet Pile

This type of pile is mostly used to provide lateral support. Usually, they resist lateral pressure from loose soil, the flow of water, etc. They are usually used for cofferdams, trench sheeting, shore protection, etc. They are not used for providing vertical support to the structure. They are usually used to serve the following purpose-

  1. Construction of retaining walls.
  2. Protection from river bank erosion.
  3. Retain the loose soil around foundation trenches.
  4. For isolation of foundation from adjacent soils.
  5. For confinement of soil and thus increase the bearing capacity of the soil.