Provision of pile design information in a standardised format will eliminate the potential for input errors and improve the information provided to structural engineers, according to the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS).
The FPS has said that its new spreadsheet-based E-Pile Schedule will help deliver these benefits for piles designed to British Standards or Eurocode 7.
“With the advent of Eurocodes, loading details relevant to pile design have become ever more complex,” said FPS technical committee member Andrew Bell, who is Cementation Skanska’s chief engineer. “As such there is a much greater margin for error when deriving the appropriate design loadings, when compared to the traditional standard approach.
“What the E-Pile Schedule will do is remove any ambiguity in the derivation of pile loadings with piling details delivered to the structural engineer in an easy-to-use standardised format, so the piling contractor no longer has to “make a judgment” of the loading conditions removing any potential for error.
“With data available in a standardised electronic format, its transmission is far easier and will allow fully automated inclusion of pile details into project BIM models, as well as allowing updates to be added throughout the project and these adjustments updated in the BIM model.”
The E-Pile Schedule is free to download from the FPS website – www.fps.org.uk