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Helical Piers for the Oil and Gas Industry
Helical pier foundations for oil and gas projects are seeing widespread adoption across the United States – from upstream to downstream operations. More engineers, contractors, and facility managers, are using helical pier foundations to build faster and better.
Why Are Oil & Gas Companies Using Helical Piers?
In 99% of projects, helical piers will be faster to install than driven or cast foundations. They need less equipment, personnel, and handling. There’s no holes to dig, concrete to pour, or long piers to hammer-in.
On a busy oil and gas site, you don’t want your foundation contractor running around with a million pieces of equipment and crew. Not only does it cost you money, it can cause safety and logistics headaches.
Easier to transport than materials like concrete
Can be uninstalled and (potentially) re-used
Versatile and adaptable, can be value-engineered
Excellent axial and lateral load capacities
Upstream Oil and Gas
Midstream Oil and Gas
Downstream Oil and Gas
Faster to install and ready for loading immediately
Requires no excavation or soil disturbance to install
Stable, strong, and secure support in a compact package
Versatile and adaptable to a huge variety of structures and site conditions
High performance in poorly-supportive, saturated, expansive, and other difficult soils
Easy to install in congested areas near sensitive equipment
Creates no vibrations that could damage delicate infrastructure
Uses lightweight equipment like skidsteers & excavators to install
West Texas, USA
When an Oil & Gas company sought to expand their facility in West Texas with a new slug catcher, they wanted bids for helical pier foundations. Even though concrete is the “traditional” foundation solution, the Client wanted a faster and more economical alternative.
See how S&B Helical stepped in and took a value-engineered approach that saved this Oil & Gas company over $100,000 and put them 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
Have a question that's not answered here? Get in touch with one of our foundation experts by using the contact information below.
What’s the best foundation for oil and gas?
Trick question! There’s no one foundation that can “do it all”. If there was, everyone would use it. In the real world each project is unique, and what’s good for one may not be good for another.
That said, generally speaking, helical piers deliver a huge range of benefits to oil and gas projects that includes speed, safety, versatility, eco-friendliness, and economy.
Are helical piers better than concrete?
Helical piers certainly have many benefits compared to concrete, but which foundation is "better" depends on the circumstances of your project. In many cases, helical piers are dramatically faster to install and more economical than concrete.
However, in some instances, concrete may be the better option depending on site conditions and other limitations. That's why you should have a chat with our friendly foundation experts. They'll help you figure out which foundation is right for your project - and be honest if it's not a helical pier solution.
Are helical piers cheap?
Helical piers aren't designed to be a "budget foundation", but due to their extreme efficiency and speed they're often an economical solution compared to other technologies.
That said, the real power of a helical pier isn't just in the price. It's in all the other benefits like speed, safety, and versatility, that makes helical piers an excellent foundation solution.
How do I get a helical pier for my oil & gas project?
It's easy! Start by using the form below to get in touch with our team of foundation experts. They're happy to talk you through the process, no obligations or hassles.
Let's Talk About Your Oil & Gas Project
The best place to start is with a friendly chat. Get in touch and tell us about your project. We'll help you discover if helical piers are right for you
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