Micropiles to the Rescue

by Timnthy H. Bedenis, P.E., Principal of Soil Materials Engineers, Inc.; Plymouth, MI,
Michael J. Thelen, P.E., Associate of Soil Materials Engineers, Inc.; Plymouth, MI,
Steve Maranowski, President of Spartan Specialties, Ltd,; Sterling Heights, MI,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2004, Vol. 74, Issue 3, Pg. 66-71

Document Type: Feature article


When a Michigan energy concern began upgrading the equipment in one of its operating power plants, engineers were asked to find an economical and nondisruptive way to support the new loads in the foundation. After rigorous analysis to remove any doubts concerning effectiveness, the engineers relied on a system of micropiles.

Subject Headings: Micro piles | Power plants | Equipment and machinery | Load factors | Economic factors | Machine foundations | Michigan | North America | United States

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