Minipiles Mature in America

by Donald A. Bruce, Technical Dir.; Nicholson Construction Co., Pittsburgh, PA,
Peter J. Nicholson, Pres.; Nicholson Construction Co., Pittsburgh, PA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 12, Pg. 57-59

Document Type: Feature article


After being born more than 40 years ago in Europe, minipiles are maturing in the United States. Their distinctive feature is a relatively small diameter, rarely larger than 12 in. Constructing with minipiles minizes vibrations, ground disturbance and noise. They have a relatively high load carrying capacity and very small settlements. Minipiles have been used successfully in the renovation of a Boston building and in the support of a portion of I-78 that crosses the Delaware River, connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Subject Headings: Load bearing capacity | Load factors | Ground motion | Highways and roads | Noise pollution | Renovation | Vibration | Rivers and streams | North America | United States | Pennsylvania | Boston | New Jersey | Delaware | Massachusetts | Europe

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