Driven piles are deep foundation elements that can be installed through a wide variety of subsurface conditions. Pile types include timber, precast concrete, steel H-pile, and pipe piles.

Driven piles are an effective option on sites with no overhead restrictions are present or where vibration is not an issue. On sites where a thick layer of soft soils and/or a high water table are problematic for traditional drilled shafts, driven piles are a viable alternative. McKinney Drilling offers the complete suite of driven pile types.

Common Uses

  • Structural support for buildings, tanks, process equipment, pipe racks, bridge foundations
  • Earth retention for retaining walls and soundwalls

Technical Details

In addition to structural support, driven piles provide lateral support for retaining walls. The piles are advanced to design tip depth or nominal resistance using an impact or vibration hammer, and are typically installed in groups and tied into a pile cap. When penetration of dense soils is necessary, pre-drilling is required for the pile to achieve the specified design depth.

Piles can be installed as a single length or spliced for extremely deep piles. Driven piles do not create spoil, and since no curing time is required they can be installed in sequence, speeding up the overall production time. The completed pile element resists compressive and lateral loads and uplift forces.