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Aarsleff Ground Engineering had a great experience attending the Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, along with its danish sister company Centrum Pæle A/S.

Organised by The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), the annual conference brings together industry specialists from around the world to share new research and experiences, along with promoting the use of driven piles. This year’s theme for the conference was “Deep Foundations, Earth Retention and the Benefits of the Driven Pile”, with most presentations focusing around the design and installation of sheet piles and steel piles and the use of driven piles.

Benefits of Driven Precast Concrete Piles

On the second day of the conference, Aarsleff’s managing director Kevin Hague presented on the benefits of driven precast concrete piles for low carbon infrastructure and how raked piles can efficiently cater for horizontal and vertical actions associated with bridge abutments.

Based on the joint research with Aarsleff Ground Engineering and COWI, the presentation demonstrated how driven precast concrete piles are a robust alternative to a bored pile solution for bridge abutments, from both a technical perspective and beneficial to project economy and construction processes. This was then looked at through a case study featuring the abutments of the Mersey Gateway Victoria & Widnes viaducts.

In the presentation, Kevin also discussed how Centrum Pæle’s Energy Piles can provide an effective climate solution in sustainable construction through the utilisation of the Earth’s renewable resources. Centrum Pæle were also exhibiting at the conference, allowing delegates to get a closer look at the energy pile system, along with their CPG pile joints and specialist piles for rail electrification.

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