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Dynamic Pile Load Testing

Capability Statement
CMW Geosciences Pty Ltd adopts a hands-on approach to help Clients solve challenges
and manage risk in, on and under the ground.

Our Focus
One of CMWs specialist geotechnical services is
providing dynamic pile testing services tailored to
meet our Clients project needs.
CMW have a number of trained professionals
experienced in undertaking dynamic pile testing
using the SIMBAT technique. All SIMBAT testing
equipment is permanently based in Perth and
available through a local specialist piling
contractor.
We can also arrange, with the
specialist contractor, for the provision of piling rigs
to undertake the dynamic loading if required.
Our point of difference is to provide a local WA
focused, high quality dynamic pile testing capability
that is cost effective, efficient and focused on the
WA markets and conditions.

About SIMBAT
The SIMBAT technique is a dynamic pile test that
allows the prediction of static load settlement
behavior of bored, cast-in-place and pre-cast
driven piles as well as driven steel tube and UB
piles. It is recognised as a superior alternative to
other systems, as it includes data validate features,
such as a specifically designed optical theodolite.
The prime advantages of dynamic load testing are
the speed of testing and relatively low costs
compared to static load testing. Typically, up to 6
piles per day can be tested and preliminary results
made available on the same day. The rates are
dependent on access, preparation and type of drop
weight used.

Test Principle
The method is based on analysis of the
propagation of stem waves in long elastic
cylinders.
SIMBAT converts downward and
upward (reflected) waves into forces and velocities
and separates these to calculate the dynamic soil
reaction. The conversion of dynamic to static
reaction is then carried out using numerical
simulation.

Dynamic Pile Load Testing


Capability Statement
CMW Geosciences Pty Ltd adopts a hands-on approach to help Clients solve challenges
and manage risk in, on and under the ground.

Methodology
The general SIMBAT dynamic pile testing
methodology is briefly summarised as follows:

Install the test pile and mobilise pile driving


rig/hammer

Install instrumentation which comprises a


theodolite target, with two strain gauges and
two accelerometers attached to the sides of
the pile;

Apply the dynamic load by dropping a mass


onto the top of the pile and record strain,
acceleration and displacement for each blow;

Repeat this process for a number of blows of


varying drop height to establish a stress-strain
relationship;

Acceleration and displacement signals are


then integrated using SIMBAT to establish
corrected velocities;

Further integration is then undertaken using


SIMBAT to convert signals into upward and
downward forces to calculate the dynamic soil
reaction for each blow;

Dynamic soil reactions are then plotted with


pile penetration. These plots are then
corrected into static loads to develop a static
load curve;

All test data collected (acceleration, strain and


displacement) is stored during the test and can be
analysed immediately if required.
Full analyses are then completed and a dynamic
test pile report provided within 1 or 2 days of the
testing.

Further Contact
For further information or to discuss your dynamic
pile testing requirements, please contact:
Dave Morton (Director)
Phone: 0499 311 109
Email: davem@cmwgeosciences.com