The Indian standard IS 2911 code specifies that pile load testing shall be carried out on a minimum of 0.5% of the total piles in any project. Static load tests have generally been used to determine the safe compressive load capacity of the piles. However static load tests are very time consuming as well as uneconomical. Hence dynamic pile testing procedures are nowadays used to obtain safe load carrying capacity. Dynamic pile testing is much faster and economical compared to static testing.
Dynamic pile testing for up to 5-6 piles can be completed within a day compared to static tests where one test can take upto several days to complete. At Capstone, we perform both static and dynamic pile load tests. For dynamic load tests, we use the Hileys formula to compute the load carrying capacity of the pile. Further details on the methodology we use can be found in the NDT section of our website.