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Diary of a Graduate

Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s Graduate Engineer Parth Patel has been on site in Birmingham overseeing the piling operations for a new housing development in North Solihull. For this project, Aarsleff’s Banut 300 fitted with a 2.5T hammer is installing 488 No. 200/250mm precast concrete piles of up to 6m in length. Parth captures his work on the project for us in the Diary of a Graduate:

I have been determining a suitable sequence to carry out the piling works, working alongside groundworkers who are currently getting further plots ready to pile. I then moved to probing exercises to determine the actual depth the piles required and on site ground conditions. After probing, I have been getting a range of piles across the different plots to test, which has included 24 No. dynamic load tests – all of which have confirmed the safe working load of the piles including a safety factor of 2.5.  We wrote out a contract instruction sheet which informs the Foreman the details of what we will be installing (depth and set criteria), job specifics and further instructions. I have been coordinating with our sister company Centrum Pile  to make sure pile lengths and availability are still ok, and sometimes the ground condititons may change from the piles ordered on the original pile order form. I have been learning so much from working on this residential development. I have been getting some valuable first hand site experience and project management skills through being on the operations side of piling. I have met witha  lot of Aarsleff’s site Foremen and Topmen which has been really fun! Each job has had a different crew, so I’m still getting to know everyone outside of the office.

Stay tuned for the next instalment of ‘A Diary of a Graduate’

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