High Capacity Design Build Ground Improvement using Vibratory Stone Columns (VSC) and Uplift Anchors

Friday, March 29, 2019

Helitech provided a design-build Vibratory Stone Column solution with an 8,000 psf bearing capacity and to reduce overall settlements to less than one (1) inch under the dead and live loads of Western Carolina University’s new STEM building.

Helitech’s design and VSC layout had to account for the Retaining wall loads, Soil backfill loads, Building column loads, and the dead weight of the walls themselves.

Several large shear walls on-site had net tension loads, so Helitech designed and installed uplift anchors to resist these uplift forces.

Helitech offers these and other ground improvement solutions across the Southeast.