Cook Drilling Corporation installs a variety of conventional testing instruments and works closely with testing engineers to ensure the proper design and strength of each foundation project. The most critical part of any structure is the foundation for which supports it. Thus, Cook Drilling Corporation takes an aggressive approach to make certain that all phases from drilling, to the final concrete pour are done precisely and in line with engineer specifications.
Cook Drilling Corporation partners with testing professionals who provide geotechnical, lateral load, compressive load, and tension tests. Geotechnical testing provides information on the subsurface rock and soil conditions beneath a site. Lacking the proper knowledge of what lies beneath can have significant impacts on the design of foundation systems. If subsurface variations remain undetected it can seriously impact both the costs and buildability of foundations during the construction process.
However, some designs meet unexpected challenges in the field that can compromise the structural integrity of a foundation. Therefore, testing is perhaps one of the most critical stages of any foundation project. Information gathered from different tests can be used to refine foundation designs, confirm engineering calculations, and ensure overall product quality.
Load testing of both larger diameter caissons and smaller diameter piles can be conducted economically utilizing bi-directional hydraulic equipment. One such example, The Osterberg Load Cell, is a specialized pressure cell placed at the bottom of a test caisson in order to measure bearing and skin friction values. With the information provided from the Osterberg Test, Cook Drilling Corporation can consult with engineers on ways to design and construct more cost-effective foundations. The expense of unnecessary sophisticated designs can be reduced while the risk of under designed foundations is minimized.