Inclination Testing

New ASTM standard for inclination – Piletest is the technical contact

ASTM standard D8232-18  was just released!

Standard Test Procedures for Measuring the Inclination of Deep Foundations

Dr. Joram M. Amir, chairman and founder of Piletest was the technical contact and the driving force behind this effort.

The new standard backs and supports the test method and procedure performed by our BIT (which fully complies with it)

Read the full standard in ASTM web 


Check our “Inclination” watch-list in our YouTube channel

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BIT – Measuring verticality in CSL access tubes

Every standard specifies the permitted deviation from the vertical – and for a good reason.
But until now, there was not practical way to measure it
The new YouTube animations below explains it perfectly

Contact us for details

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You are probably spending too much time on your testing!

You are probably spending way too much time on your testing!
Why is this happening?
And what am I doing wrong?
Read the following article to find out!

“My boss did not believe how fast I tested this 100-pile retaining wall”

He figured it would take me 2-3 minutes per pile which is over 3-5 hours, but I finished in half that time thanks to the following PET features:


I first used [Pile]-[Insert multiple piles] – it is a bulk-insert feature. When I need to test a long series of piles this feature saves me repetitive and tedious typing. This feature can be accessed from the Pile tab on the top menu. I can even define complex pile-name series.

My tip: if the series isn’t continuous (for example, 1..5, 10..15, 20..25, … .90..95) – I simply fill the whole range (1-95)  – it is faster the delete untested piles later on.


The piles were names 1E to 100E and were all 11m deep (planned) – adding them took less than a minute.

I started testing them piles, knowing that I still have to produce a report today, I wanted the data I collect to be as close as possible to final, so that I would need very little office time to work on them later on.


Next thing I did was to make sure the SmartTrigger is ON, when moving around the pile head, many false impacts are triggered by random accelerometer movement. The SmartTrigger looks at the trigger shape, and removes most  of the false triggers, while still passing nearly all the good ones.

With SmartTrigger on I could set the trigger to a very low and sensitive level and still filter out most of the random noise. My hammer taps could now be fast and gentle and I still get more quality data in less time.


In addition, why keep irregular impacts? With Auto-Sort I can set the desired numbers of impacts to collect. Once this number is reached, the impacts are sorted and the most irregular one are removed to the recycle bin. The remaining set of impacts is regular and consistent. The piles were quite easy to test and I have set the AutoSort to 15 impacts. This may sound like a lot, but tapping 2-3 times per second meant I could collect a repetitive set of 15 impacts in less than 30 seconds


I also switched on the [Signal options]-[Convergence] message – it pops up when the collected data is sufficient – As soon as 1) a sufficient number of impact traces have been collected and 2) adding additional impact traces has only a marginal effect on the average result. I selected 15 impacts and 5%

With all this set up – I just started and finished testing the whole wall in under 1.5 hours. A couple of pile were giving me irregular results and needed more attention.

I did not bother with analysis – I just took a brief look to see that I collected good data, and went to the next pile, knowing that I have very little office time on it.

Coming next – how to save on Analysis and Report time

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Can 3D video make the difference?

For years I’m searching for the best way to create an interesting media to present in a simple way, how simple and effective it is to run tests with the Piletest products. We tried nice brochures, and presentations – boring! We tried filming a video – Extremely complicated, as it requires a live outdoor construction site, and eventually you can not film the process in the ground. Now we have made this animated video, which is self explanatory, yet unlike a presentation it is a 3D animation, which makes it exciting to watch – Here it is:

See also versions in Spanish and French voice

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