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1 Prepared for: International Society for Micropiles (ISM) 2009 International Workshop on Micropiles London, England May 13 th, 2009 A DECADE OF LOAD HOLD.

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1 1 Prepared for: International Society for Micropiles (ISM) 2009 International Workshop on Micropiles London, England May 13 th, 2009 A DECADE OF LOAD HOLD CAPACITY ACROSS WESTERN CANADA Cory J.E. Yacyshyn, P.Eng.

2 2 1Introduction 2Table 1. Interface Bond Values 3British Columbia 4Alberta 5Saskatchewan 6Manitoba 7Conclusion

3 3 Type of Micropile - Single, continuous thread, solid steel bars - Double corrosion protection (presence of soluble sulphates in some areas) - Axially loaded - Compression load magnitude governs over tension, if any requirement for tension - Isolated vs groups - Typically, light load requirements (25 kN to 200 kN), in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba - Higher load requirements in British Columbia (< 1,000 kN) - Commonly without permanent steel casing Absence of Steel Casing? - Rarely is criteria been established for total pile head movement at design load levels in Owners Engineers Specifications - Low load magnitudes - Small requirement to sustain lateral loads, however, increasing trend.

4 4 Intent / Description - Intends to provide design engineers with a basic understanding of load hold capacity in Western Canada. - Description of location and geology - Table 1 shows maximum grout-to-soil/rock bond values achieved at maximum test load level. - Micropile tension test data but some soil/rock anchor tension test data - Early testing followed PTI Manual prior to publication of the Micropile Design and Construction Reference Manual (FHWA 2005) - Data from 40 projects undertaken since Comparison of full-scale load tests to Table 5-3 (FHWA 2005)

5 5 Legend

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7 7 Geology - Low plastic clays - Dense sand, occasionally loose - Weak sandstone, minimal weathering - Very dense glacial tills exhibiting cement-like behavior - Presence of strong rock at the Coast Mountain Range - Cordilleran Ice Sheet, last glaciation 2 to 3 km thickness

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9 9 Geology - Typically, low or medium plastic clays, however, pockets of highly plastic clays exist in Edmonton and Medicine Hat for example. - Dense sand some areas; Some Loess - Weak sandstone, weathered - Compact to dense glacial clay tills - Fluvial channel gravel (Calgary) Low fines content, presence of cobbles, unstable - Very weak clay shale bedrock Unconfined Compressive Strength ~ 380 kPa, varies Should be treated as a soil not rock - Presence of soluble sulphates - Laurnetide Ice Sheet, last glaciation, 2 km thickness

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12 12 Final Remarks - Geology of British Columbia tends to be more competent vs. the prairies - Presence of highly plastic clays, soluble sulphates and loess on the prairies - Assessment of total pile head movement at design load levels needs to be addressed - Questions?


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