Unpacking the Power of Micropiles

Micropiles: What Sets Them Apart?

Micropiles are a type of deep foundation system that offers many advantages. They are typically installed or drilled into the ground and then filled with grout to create a sturdy and durable foundation.

Unlike other foundations, micropiles are relatively small in diameter and can be installed in limited access areas.

Additionally, they require minimal excavation and can be installed more quickly and efficiently than other types of foundation systems. As a result, micropiles are becoming a popular option for many construction projects.

They are also highly cost-effective and require less maintenance than other types of foundations, making them a great option for both residential and commercial projects.

Micropiles are designed to resist lateral and vertical loads, making them an effective choice for a variety of structures, including bridges, buildings, and retaining walls.

Micropiles for Commercial Building

Micropiles for Hillside Slope

Micropiles for Residential Apartments

Micropiles for Chemical Plants

Micropiles for Power Plants

Micropiles for Utility Structures

When and where are micropiles used?

Micropiles are an advanced deep foundation technique, ideal for areas with challenging soil conditions, or when other options are not viable.

These slender, high-capacity piles are frequently used in situations such as:

  • When soil conditions prevent the use of traditional piling methods
  • In locations where multi cavities exists, especially in limestone areas
  • Reinforcing existing structures that require additional support
  • Construction on steep slopes or in close proximity to existing structures
  • In areas with limited overhead space or restricted access

Whether you're looking to reinforce a building, bridge, tower, or embankment, micropiles provide robust stability in conditions that other piles can't handle.

Distinction of micropiles from other foundations

Micropiles vs. Boredpiles
While both provide essential foundation support, micropiles can be installed in areas with limited space and challenging soil conditions where boredpiles may not be feasible. Plus, they offer faster installation times. Similar to boredpiles, micropiles can be done in a contiguous manner to create retaining walls.

Micropiles vs. Jacked-In Piles
Micropiles require less heavy machinery and impose fewer disturbances on surrounding structures compared to jacked-in piles, making them a superior choice for sensitive sites.

Micropiles vs. Sheet Piles
While sheet piles are commonly used for retaining soil, micropiles provide superior load-bearing capacity, making them an ideal choice for projects requiring robust foundational support.

Micropiles vs. Caisson Piles
Micropiles can be installed in a broader range of ground conditions compared to caisson piles and provide higher resistance to seismic activity. They're an excellent alternative in environmentally sensitive areas due to their minimal impact on surrounding ecosystems.

Characteristics of a typical Micropile in Malaysia

Micropile systems are commonly used in Malaysia. What are the size of micropiles in Malaysia?

Micropiles are typically of 150 to 400mm in diameter with 250mm and 300mm most commonly used.

Micropiles are typically done up to 40 to 50 meters deep. Shortest Micropiles are 6 meter deep including the rock socket.

Piles are terminated in dense soil or weathered and sound rocks e.g. lime stone and granite rocks.

Micropile on Industrial Factories

Micropiles for Chemical Industrial Plant

Micropiles in Hard to Access Locations

Micropiles for Slope Stabilisation

Micropiles for Oil & Gas Industrial Development

Micropiles for Underpinning

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About the Author

Ir Tan Chin Shu

Ir Tan Chin Shu is a Geotechnical Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the foundation and geotechnical engineering industry. He is the founding Director of Shinei Geotechnique, a specialist contractor in Malaysia.

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