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ECP Steel Piers™

ECP foundation wall plate anchorsThe ECP Steel Pier™ belongs to a family of foundation repair products that are sometimes referred to as micro piles, push piers, or resistance piers. These foundation repair products are driven hydraulically into the soil using the structural weight of the building as a reaction force.

A friction reduction collar is attached to the lead section of pier pipe. The purpose of the collar is to create an opening in the soil that has a larger diameter than the pier pipe. This dramatically reduces the skin friction on the pier pipe as it is driven into the soil and allows the installer to load test and verify that the pier encountered firm bearing stratum or rock that is suitable to support the design load.

The ECP Steel Pier™ like other resistance piers is an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor requires skin friction to produce support. Each pier is field load tested after it is installed. The piers are able to develop a factor of safety because the piers are installed and load tested individually using the maximum weight of the structure as the reaction force. The ability of the system to develop significant factors of safety comes from the different methods used between pier installation and load transfer during restoration.

The piers are driven individually and the entire structure works as the reaction; but during load transfer hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations thus reducing the load on each pier to only the design working load. A building with substantial construction and rigidity can develop greater pier factor safeties than a weaker structure. Contact AMC911, your certified foundation contractor, to help you evaluate and solve your foundation needs.

On your next project, make the ECP Steel Pier™ your foundation repair choice.

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Model166


ECP Steel Pier ™ – Model 166 Slab System

  • Ultimate Capacity – 28,000 lb
  • Fully Adjustable 4″ Standard Lift
  • Optional Long Bracket Rods for Greater Lift
  • Inside Structure Install Location
  • Portable Hydraulic Equipment
  • Core Drilled, 7” to 8” Hole In Slab Access
  • Little or No Vibration
  • Reduction Collar on Lead Pier Section
  • Installs to Rock or Verified End Bearing Stratum
  • 100% Field Tested to Verify Capacity
  • Manifold Lift
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

Model 166 Slab System

Not all resistance piers are equal, on your next project make the ECP Steel Pier™ your foundation repair solution of choice.

The ultimate capacity of ECP steel piers is a function of the strength of pier pipe and soil surrounding the pipe, capacity of the end bearing stratum, foundation repair bracket system, foundation strength and strength of the bracket to foundation link. Achieved capacities could possibly be lower than the stated bracket capacity. Atlas always recommends consulting with a registered professional engineer before attempting and structural repairs.


Model250


ECP Steel Pier ™ – Model 250 Utility Bracket Pier System

  • Ultimate Capacity – 55,000 lb
  • Maximum Field Test Load – 37,000 lb
  • 64 Square Inches Bearing Surface
  • Standard Lift – 4”
  • Fully Adjustable Unlimited Lift Capability
  • Installs From Outside or Inside Structure
  • Friction Reduction Collar On Lead Pier Section
  • 2-7/8”Diameter High Strength, Galvanized Tubular Pier
  • Installs With Portable Equipment
  • Installed With Little or No Vibration
  • Installs To Rock or Verified Load Bearing Stratum
  • 100% of Piers Field Load Tested During Installation
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

Model 200 Utility Bracket Pier System

The capacity of the Model 250 foundation support system is a function of the capacity of pier pipe and soil surrounding the pipe, capacity of the load bearing stratum, foundation bracket, foundation strength and strength of the bracket to foundation connection. Actual capacities could be lower than the bracket capacity.

Model 250 US Patent #7,044,686


Model300


ECP Steel Pier ™ – Model 300 Utility Bracket Pier System

  • Ultimate Capacity – 79,000 lb
  • Maximum Field Test Load – 59,000 lb
  • 68 Square Inches Bearing Surface
  • Standard Lift – 4”
  • Fully Adjustable Unlimited Lift Capability
  • Installs From Outside or Inside Structure
  • Friction Reduction Collar On Lead Pier Section
  • 2-7/8”Diameter High Strength, Galvanized Tubular Pier
  • Installs With Portable Equipment
  • Installed With Little or No Vibration
  • Installs To Rock or Verified Load Bearing Stratum
  • 100% of Piers Field Load Tested During Installation
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

Model 300 Utility Bracket Pier System

The capacity of the Model 300 foundation support system is a function of the capacity of pier pipe and soil surrounding the pipe, capacity of the load bearing stratum, foundation bracket, foundation strength and strength of the bracket to foundation connection. Actual capacities could be lower than the bracket capacity.

Model 300 US Patent # 6,193,422


Model350


ECP Steel Pier ™ – Model 350 Utility Bracket Pier System

  • Ultimate Capacity – 99,000 lb
  • Maximum Field Test Load – 74,000 lb
  • 74 Square Inches Bearing Surface
  • Standard Lift – 4”
  • Fully Adjustable Unlimited Lift Capability
  • Installs From Outside or Inside Structure
  • Friction Reduction Collar On Lead Pier Section
  • 3-1/2” Diameter High Strength, Galvanized Tubular Pier
  • Installs With Portable Equipment
  • Installed With Little or No Vibration
  • Installs To Rock or Verified Load Bearing Stratum
  • 100% of Piers Field Load Tested During Installation
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

Model 350 Utility Bracket Pier Systems

The capacity of the Model 350 and Model 400 Utility foundation support system is a function of
the capacity of pier pipe and soil surrounding the pipe, capacity of the load bearing stratum,
foundation bracket, foundation strength and strength of the bracket to foundation connection.
Actual capacities could be lower than the bracket capacity.

Model 350 US Patent # 6,193,442


Model400


ECP Steel Pier ™ – Model 400 Utility Bracket Pier Systems

  • Installs To Rock or Verified Load Bearing Stratum
  • Ultimate Capacity – 99,000 lb
  • Maximum Field Test Load – 74,000 lb
  • 74 Square Inches Bearing Surface
  • Standard Lift – 4”
  • Fully Adjustable Unlimited Lift Capability
  • Installs From Outside or Inside Structure
  • Friction Reduction Collar On Lead Pier Section
  • 3-1/2” Diameter High Strength, Galvanized Tubular Pier
  • Installs With Portable Equipment
  • Installed With Little or No Vibration
  • Installs To Rock or Verified Load Bearing Stratum
  • 100% of Piers Field Load Tested During Installation
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

Model 400 Utility Bracket Pier Systems

The capacity of the Model 350 and Model 400 Utility foundation support system is a function of
the capacity of pier pipe and soil surrounding the pipe, capacity of the load bearing stratum,
foundation bracket, foundation strength and strength of the bracket to foundation connection.
Actual capacities could be lower than the bracket capacity.


Pier Section

IntroductionIn areas of poor soil, generally recognized as soil having Standard Penetration Blow Counts less than “N” = 5, or on projects where the pier pipe is exposed, or may become exposed; the stiffness (axial moment of inertia) of the pier and the strength of the joints are of concern. There are several ways to reinforce the pier pipe in such cases. One of the simplest is to grout the pier pipe after installation. Many designers also require that the contractor install a reinforcing bar with the grouting to improve joint strength.

ECP Inertia SleeveECP Inertia SleeveEarth Contact Products offers a patented product called the ECP Inertia Sleeve. This unique product is shown in Figure 9, and is the most economical way to quickly improve the axial moment of inertia (stiffness) of the pier system. The Inertia Sleeve is easy to install when driving the pier pipe. One simply allows the Inertia Sleeve to drop by gravity into the current section of pier pipe prior to coupling together another section of pier pipe.

The low cost Inertia Sleeve takes nearly no labor to install and instantly increases the stiffness of the pier shaft. The unique design of the Inertia Sleeve also strengthens the pier pipe couplings. The coupling on the Inertia Sleeve extends nine inches. This allows the Inertia Sleeve coupling to fully pass through the pier pipe coupling and to engage inside a previously installed section of Inertia Sleeve. The couplings are therefore doubled and staggered, providing a strengthened coupled joint.

Another means of increasing the axial moment of inertia of the pier shaft is to install an external pier sleeve. Many designers like this method and it provides a significant increase in pier stiffness because the sleeve has a larger diameter than the pier shaft. When installed, the external sleeves must be positioned such

that the joints in the sleeving are staggered with the pier pipe couplings. This method is not as economical as an Inertia Sleeve, because the external sleeving must be installed after the pier has been driven and prior to field load testing.

The external sleeving installation requires the use of the hydraulic drive cylinder. The installation time for the external sleeve is generally equivalent to the time required for installing pier pipe, but only to the required depth for the sleeving.

Presented in Figure 8 is a graphic representation of the shaft stiffness related to differing pier pipe configurations. It is interesting to note that the combination of the Model 350 pier pipe plus the inertia sleeve provides 92% of the axial stiffness of the more costly Model 400 system when there is a lack of sufficient lateral support for a distance of 8 feet.

If the designer provides 4” diameter exterior sleeving and grouts the Model 350 pier pipe, the allowable load on the system will be 160% that of the grouted Model 400 pier system. One must keep in mind that the pier sleeving is required only in the areas of weak soil or exposed pier pipe. The cost savings should be very evident especially on projects that require extra strength only in the upper several feet of soil.

When specifying sleeving, the designer must extend the sleeving at least three feet into competent material. For example, if a site has 6 feet of peat with blow counts from 0 to 2 blows per foot followed by sand having suitable density as indicated by an SPT reading of 5 blows per foot or greater; the designer should specify sleeving to a depth of 9 feet in order to provide adequate protection through 6 feet of weak soil.

Inertia Pier material US Patent # 468,842


Inertia Sleeve

IntroductionIn areas of poor soil, generally recognized as soil having Standard Penetration Blow Counts less than “N” = 5, or on projects where the pier pipe is exposed, or may become exposed; the stiffness (axial moment of inertia) of the pier and the strength of the joints are of concern. There are several ways to reinforce the pier pipe in such cases. One of the simplest is to grout the pier pipe after installation. Many designers also require that the contractor install a reinforcing bar with the grouting to improve joint strength.

ECP Inertia SleeveECP Inertia SleeveEarth Contact Products offers a patented product called the ECP Inertia Sleeve. This unique product is shown in Figure 9, and is the most economical way to quickly improve the axial moment of inertia (stiffness) of the pier system. The Inertia Sleeve is easy to install when driving the pier pipe. One simply allows the Inertia Sleeve to drop by gravity into the current section of pier pipe prior to coupling together another section of pier pipe.

The low cost Inertia Sleeve takes nearly no labor to install and instantly increases the stiffness of the pier shaft. The unique design of the Inertia Sleeve also strengthens the pier pipe couplings. The coupling on the Inertia Sleeve extends nine inches. This allows the Inertia Sleeve coupling to fully pass through the pier pipe coupling and to engage inside a previously installed section of Inertia Sleeve. The couplings are therefore doubled and staggered, providing a strengthened coupled joint.

Another means of increasing the axial moment of inertia of the pier shaft is to install an external pier sleeve. Many designers like this method and it provides a significant increase in pier stiffness because the sleeve has a larger diameter than the pier shaft. When installed, the external sleeves must be positioned such

that the joints in the sleeving are staggered with the pier pipe couplings. This method is not as economical as an Inertia Sleeve, because the external sleeving must be installed after the pier has been driven and prior to field load testing.

The external sleeving installation requires the use of the hydraulic drive cylinder. The installation time for the external sleeve is generally equivalent to the time required for installing pier pipe, but only to the required depth for the sleeving.

Presented in Figure 8 is a graphic representation of the shaft stiffness related to differing pier pipe configurations. It is interesting to note that the combination of the Model 350 pier pipe plus the inertia sleeve provides 92% of the axial stiffness of the more costly Model 400 system when there is a lack of sufficient lateral support for a distance of 8 feet.

If the designer provides 4” diameter exterior sleeving and grouts the Model 350 pier pipe, the allowable load on the system will be 160% that of the grouted Model 400 pier system. One must keep in mind that the pier sleeving is required only in the areas of weak soil or exposed pier pipe. The cost savings should be very evident especially on projects that require extra strength only in the upper several feet of soil.

When specifying sleeving, the designer must extend the sleeving at least three feet into competent material. For example, if a site has 6 feet of peat with blow counts from 0 to 2 blows per foot followed by sand having suitable density as indicated by an SPT reading of 5 blows per foot or greater; the designer should specify sleeving to a depth of 9 feet in order to provide adequate protection through 6 feet of weak soil.

Inertia Pier material US Patent # 468,842

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