Pile Driver Sensors

When piles are driven into soil to provide foundational support for structures, vibrations are caused that can create cracks in deep foundations for nearby structures, like bridges.

Traditionally, these vibrations are measured by ground surface sensors, but the length needed to travel from deep underground in order to reach the sensors is telling only part of the story.

Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos is taking a different approach by installing both geophones and accelerometers in depth and very close to the driven pile. This has given her team data that is first of its kind and will hopefully lead to a better understanding of how much soil settlement is produced in a construction site.

This research is the topic of a new video from MConneX titled, “Pile Driver Sensors.”

To watch the video, please visit YouTube or click on the box below.

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