Wick Drains

Wick drains are thin geosynthetic drainage strips that are installed to provide drainage paths to accelerate consolidation settlement in cohesive soils.

Where deep fills are required to achieve design grade or surcharge loading is required to consolidate a site prior to construction, wick drains can be utilized to accelerate construction schedule.

Wick drains are thin geosynthetic drainage strips that are installed vertically through compressible soils in a grid pattern to provide a drainage path for the water as it is squeezed out of the soil allowing the consolidation of the soil to happen much faster than would otherwise be realized.

Depending on the permeability of the native soils, it may take many months for the settlement to occur without wick drains delaying projects. Where this is anticipated, wick drains can be utilized to drastically reduce the amount of time required for the soils to compress, accelerating the project schedule and allowing projects to be completed on time.