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Your Helical Pier Foundation Partners

Providing a phenomenal helical pier foundation experience for your projects in energy storage & renewables, oil & gas, transmission & distribution

Energy Storage & Renewables

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Helical Piers & Renewable Energy - A Perfect Match

Oil & Gas

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Everything to Know About Helical Piers for Oil & Gas

Transmission & Distribution

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How Are Helical Piers Used in Transmission & Distribution?

━ ABOUT S&B HELICAL

8+ Years of Outstanding Helical Pier Foundations

How two U.S. Army Iraq War veterans went from serving their country, to working in the oil industry, to founding one of America's premier providers of engineered high-capacity helical pier foundations for industrial and utility construction.

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━ HELICAL PIERS EXPLAINED

What is a helical pier?

Also known as Helical Piles, Helical Anchors, Screw Piles, or TorcSills

  • What exactly is a helical pier and what does it do?

    A helical pier is a deep foundation technology first invented in the early 1830's. It can replace foundation solutions like poured concrete or driven piers to provide outstanding foundation support to any structure. They can also be used as ground anchors to support guy wires, tie-downs, and more.
    The secret sauce of a helical pier can be found in its unique design. A helical pier has a relatively narrow shaft diameter in comparison to the wide helix plates. These helix plates (pl. helices) are stamped in a way that gives them a true helical shape. The shape helps them turn smoothly into the ground without disturbing the soil and is the defining feature of a helical pier.
    The wide helices provide a large surface area that, once installed, have force exerted on them by the surrounding soil. That force of the soil on the helices, along with factors like skin friction, provide the compression and tension load resistance of the pier.

  • What are the benefits of a helical pier foundation?

    ● Faster and safer to install than driven or poured foundations ● Strong and durable - can support over one million pounds and can last over a century ● A single helical pier can replace tens of thousands of pounds of concrete foundation ● Typically more economical than other foundation solutions ● Doesn't need excavation - no piles of tailings left to clean up ● Extremely versatile - can be value-engineered for ideal cost vs. performance ● Will not cause vibrations - no disturbance to infrastructure, humans, or enviormnet ● Requires fewer personnel and less equipment to install ● Can be easily uninstalled and potentially re-used

  • Why choose a helical pier foundation?

    The biggest reasons our customers choose to work with S&B Helical for a helical foundation are because they can:● Finish projects faster and cut delays with wildly increased efficiency● Eliminate the cost, time, and pain, of using concrete foundations● Save money and start building sooner with quick and economical mobilization● Get detailed reports about the installation and performance of each helical pier● Sit back and relax while a team of foundation experts makes the process easy

  • Do engineers trust helical piers?

    Yes, engineers across the United States (and the world) trust helical piers. The foundation technology is included in building codes, studied by universities, and used to support everything from renewable energy installations to petro-chemical equipment.

  • Are helical piers expensive?

    The exact cost of your helical pier foundation depends on the specific details of your project. However, generally speaking, a helical pier installation is often more economical overall compared to other solutions like cast or driven piers.

━ HELICAL PIER USE-CASES

Where Can You Use Helical Piers?

  • Energy Storage & Renewables

    They say renewable energy is the key to a better future, so it only makes sense to support that future on the best possible foundation. Helical piers leave zero impact on the environment they're installed in and are an excellent eco-friendly foundation solution. Their versatility and ease-of-install make them a favorite for energy storage, solar farms, wind turbines, power distribution, and more.

  • Oil & Gas

    As oil and gas operators find themselves having to find new ways to increase economy and streamline operations, helical piers are an ideal solution to the modern challenges of the industry. Fast, efficient, and adaptable, they're fast becoming the new standard in up, mid, and downstream operations. Production facilities, pipelines, slug catchers, and compressor stations, are just a handful of the use-cases.

  • Transmission & Distribution

    Transporting power safely and reliably to Americans everywhere is a huge challenge. Make that challenge a little easier with helical pier foundations for transmission and distribution projects. From transmission lines to electrical substations, there's practically no limit to the ways that helical pier foundations can benefit your transmission and distribution project.

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━ HELICAL PIER BENEFITS

Why Choose Helical Piers?

Some of the reasons engineers, estimators, contractors, and more, are all choosing helical pier foundations for their projects

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Faster & Easier

In 99% of projects, helical piers will be faster to install than driven or cast foundations. They require less equipment, personnel, and handling. There's no holes to dig, concrete to pour, or long piers to hammer-in. This means you spend less time waiting around for your foundation and spend more time making progress.

Versatile & Adaptable

Never let your plans be limited by your foundation again. Helical piers can make even the most remote and difficult jobsites feasible to profitably build on. We apply our decades of combined engineering experience to design an efficient and economical foundation, regardless of how challenging the project or location is.

Economical & Efficient

Even though helical piers aren't designed as a "budget foundation", their extreme efficiency often makes them more economical than other options. When it comes to the tight margins of energy construction, a helical foundation can turn a costly and stressful project into a budget-happy breeze.

Engineered & Reliable

We'd never ask you to "just trust us" when it comes to the performance of your foundation. Thankfully, you don't have to. Helical piers have been intensively studied since their invention almost 200 years ago and have been vetted by engineering authorities in North America, the U.K., and beyond.

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━ OUR PROCESS

How to Get Your Helical Pier Foundation Installed

We have a simple goal here: make your helical pier foundation experience as phenomenal as possible.

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    Consultation

    Before we unleash our pack of engineers on your foundation design, our team has to know your project inside and out. We'll work with you in-person or virtually to gather the information we need to create the perfect helical solution.

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    Design & Estimate

    After the consultation, we have the info we need to let our engineers loose. Keeping up-to-date with the latest in helical science, they work to create a design and estimate that perfectly balances your foundation's safety, cost, and performance.

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    Installation

    When our friendly foundation installers show up, they'll be ready with everything to get the job done. We extensively train our staff in jobsite safety and conduct, so all you'll have to do is be amazed at how fast and quiet they are. In fact, the only way you'll ever know we were there is the ready-to-use foundation we leave behind.

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CASE STUDY

1,000,000lb Capacity Helical Foundation for Slug Catcher

How helical piles helped save this client over $100,000 and 2 weeks on their foundation

━ TESTIMONIALS

What Our Customers Say

We were taught not to brag, so we'll let our clients speak for us

"I've never worked with a safer, more knowledgeable, competent, hard-working, document-control-having, fair & friendly contractor than S&B Helical in my entire career. If you need a helical foundation, you need S&B."

John Spencer

"S&B Helical has done a great job. I enjoyed working together with them, and I'm looking forward to our next project together."

Anthony Knierim

━ S&B HELICAL PIERS BLOG

Highlights from The Blog

Learn about building better foundations and finding efficiencies for your projects in renewables, oil & gas, transmission & distribution

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Do Helical Pier Foundations Fail More Often Than Concrete or Driven Piles?

Here's one that some helical contractors hate admitting: helical pier foundations fail. Is there a hidden flaw in helical pier technology that's endangering projects across the United States? Or is there another explanation for premature helical pier foundation failure? Click here to find out why helical foundations fail and what you can do to prevent it. 

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What's The True Carbon Emissions of Helical Piers Vs. Concrete Foundations?

Helical piers could be your answer to dramatically slashing the CO2 emissions of your project. See how helical piers and concrete compare in this in-depth assessment of the carbon impact of steel and concrete - and see how to slash your CO2 emissions by more than 325%.

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How Much Does a Helical Pier Foundation Cost in the United States?

"How much will my foundation cost?" is one of the most common questions we get asked here at S&B Helical. The answer, however, isn't as cut-and-dry as you might think. Learn why in this article.

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Everything You Need to Know About Helical Piers For Oil & Gas

Helical pier foundations have become the preference of countless engineers and companies in the oil & gas market. If you've ever wondered why helical piers have become so popular, what they're good for, and the reasons you might want to use them, this article has your answer.

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9 Common Myths About Helical Pier Foundations

Myths and misinformation regarding helical piers have been confusing the conversation for decades. From doubting the performance of helical piers to plain-old misrepresentation of facts, here's 9 common helical pier myths and the truth behind them.

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