New company, Eco Foundations has recently been launched to bring to the UK construction market a ground breaking engineering product which utilises specialist, state of the art equipment imported into the UK to create cost effective, eco friendly ground engineering solutions to meet the needs of the most demanding civil engineering projects from flood plains to contaminated land.
Eco Foundations Managing Director Robert McGall’s decision to launch the new company is based upon over 30 years of experience in piling and geotechnical site remediation and recognition of a market need for sustainable and cost efficient ground engineering methods.
Offering in-situ’ wet and dry soil stabilisation, without the need for excavating material, cutting back on aggregate use and reducing transportation and landfill costs, Eco utilises one of the most modern and efficient systems of soil mixing available in the UK - The ground breaking Deep Triple Auger system.
Utilising machinery from German firm RTG, part of the Bauer group, the Triple Auger system is fitted to a telescopic leader rig and creates a panel of three 550 mm soil mixed piles in one single insertion of the paddles. The wet soil mixing system has a very extensive computerised monitoring system to record everything from the mix being injected to the volume of cement slurry against depth of penetration and inclination of the panel, giving a comprehensive QA as-constructed report.
Not only is this system capable of installing bearing piles and cut off walls but with the insertion of steel into the freshly mixed soils, retaining walls and basements can also be constructed.
The same system can also utilised with dry soil mixing systems to introduce binder into soft soils to improve stability. The same triple auger system may be used to install cement, lime or blast furnace slag to mix with the existing soils for ground improvement.
Mass soil stabilisation is also available using an excavator mounted rig that mixes binder with extremely soft soils such as peat and alluvium to turn previously unusable flooded marsh type areas into solid ground.
These systems may also be used to treat contaminated ground as the type of binder which can be used is totally flexible depending on ground conditions.
The dry soil mixing system has the same computerised monitoring system to provide the client with comprehensive QA reporting.
For clients who are uncertain as to whether their site is suitable for this new system, Eco Foundations will in conjunction with Geotechnical Engineers analyse soil samples and advise on the right mix of binder to use with the soil.
Eco Foundations MD Robert McGall comments: “We feel the possibilities for this system in the UK and Ireland are very wide indeed. The Triple Auger Soil Mixing system is suitable for sea defence work, flood protection and cut-off walls, retaining walls and cofferdams and ground strengthening for roads and railways to name but a few. Our new process is a soil mixing system that utilises the aggregate and soils that are already in the ground. It mixes them with a binder either cement (dry or wet), pulverised fuel ash, lime or other powders – and makes concrete in situ, either in columns or over large areas. You are therefore not taking the ground away as you would in traditional piling methods, you are using what is already there and thus reducing waste, there are less aggregate costs and the need for landfill is also reduced.
Importantly by utilising a triple auger system the mixing process is more refined and you can do more of it in a single pass so time on site is also reduced. Going forward we are gearing up for an exciting future and we see reduction in excavation and disposal of spoil as key to our expansion.”
More information on Eco Foundations Triple Auger technique can be found at www.eco-foundations.co.uk
t 01789 295020
Eco Foundations Limited
198 Masons Road
Stratford Enterprise Park
Stratford upon Avon
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