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Technical Paper: A simple stability check for piling rigs

David Corke, director, DC ProjectSolutions.

This paper was first published in GE’s September 2011 issue.


Although manufacturers have to design piling rigs to comply with Eurocode minimum stability requirements, this cannot simulate rig behaviour on all sites with a range of working platform conditions and all possible combinations of operation and loading.

Cranes are generally equipped with safe load indicators, but for piling rigs, due to their variable geometry and relatively complex modes of operation, there has only been a limited application of such devices for specific types of use, such as some driven piling.

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