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TIMBER PILE INTEGRITY TESTING
Multi Micro Seismic Analysis / Timber pile method (MMSA)
MMSA is a proprietary technique and method developed by our R&D team for Timber Pile Integrity Testing. This method utilizes multiple acoustic sensors stacked in a miniature array to perform integrity analysis of timber poles, piles and piers. By analyzing and stacking all acoustic signals and using advanced processing software we are able to determine the accurate length, timber decay, remaining mass and condition serviceability of the pile.
This method has been proven on over 110 samples in both marine and land environments as part of a 12 month case study.
Because the causes of deterioration are many and varied and the protective measures used to guard against it are no guarantee that deterioration will not occur, timber piles must be inspected periodically to determine whether and to what extent damage has occurred. This information can assist the engineer in determining the safe load-carrying capacity of the structure and in establishing a schedule for the replacement of unsafe piles. There are two basic types of tests: destructive and nondestructive. Destructive methods, as the name implies, are those that to some degree affect or destroy the structural integrity of the material tested by imposing undue strain on the pile. The effect may be slight, as in probing with an ice pick or knife; moderate, as in taking a small core sample; or totally destructive, as in cutting a pile section and crushing it. The specimens tested represent the entire population of potential samples, a major disadvantage in testing natural materials such as wood. In addition, destructive methods may not give a true representation of the load-carrying capacity of the pile.
Call us today 1300 681 204 to find out more about our range of pile testing capabilities.