Independent Pile Integrity Testing

Total Scan & Survey Australia have been providing independent pile integrity testing services to piling contractors and engineers on all major infrastructure projects in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne & Perth. We provide an independent unbiased service to ensure safety and quality assurance is paramount to Australia’s public and private sectors. Australia is one of the only countries in the world that still permits piling contractors to perform in-house pile testing, this practice is banned and considered illegal around the world. Piling contractors have been known to manipulate pile integrity results to save costs of remediation and non-compliance orders. To ensure your project complies with AS2159 Standards you should always engage an independent pile testing contractor.

As an integral aspect of Bridges, Buildings, marine wharf’s pile testing uses highly advanced technology to determine if there are any areas of concern in the substructure of your site. This is a crucial aspect of any construction project as it ensures that costly delays caused by unexpected defects are avoided entirely. Our team of professionals are experienced in conducting the highest standard of service across large sites throughout every state in Australia, ensuring that our clients receive results that they can rely on to be accurate each and every time.

Pile integrity testing should only be performed by independent testing agencies, this ensures the safety and compliance of all piles on major infrastructure free from any bias or parties with vested interests.


TSSA specialise in all methods of Pile Integrity Testing:

Sonic Echo / Low Strain / Pulse Echo (PIT)

Sonic Echo Impulse Response (SE/IR) investigations are performed to evaluate integrity and determine the length of deep foundations. Sonic Echo is also commonly known as Pulse Echo, Transient Response or Low Strain Dynamic Pile Testing and is covered by ASTM D5882-00 and AS 2159-2009.

Cross Hole Sonic Logging / Sonic Logging / Pile Tomography (CSL)

The CSL method is considered to be more accurate than sonic echo testing in the determination of structural soundness of concrete within the drilled shaft inside of the rebar cage. Also known as Crosshole Acoustical Testing, CSL normally requires steel (preferred) or PVC access tubes installed in the drilled shaft and tied to the rebar cage

Pile Dynamic Analysis (PDA)

Dynamic load testing (PDA) is a method to assess a pile’s bearing capacity by applying a dynamic load to the pile head (a falling mass) while recording acceleration and strain on the pile head. Dynamic load testing is a high strain dynamic test which can be applied after pile installation for concrete piles.

Parallel Seismic / Down hole seismic (PS)

The parallel seismic (PS) test is a geophysical technique developed in France several decades ago for the determination of the unknown depth of foundation elements, which has a methodology similar to that of the downhole test.

Timber pole and pier condition monitoring