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Need to reach load-bearing depths in high blow count material? ROCK-IT™!

Synonymous with innovative solutions, Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. delivers again with The ROCK-IT™ lead section.

The single carbide, patent pending design was developed after site testing of several rock anchor configurations at two locations:  Superior, Colorado due to known difficult installations with tough claystone, and Ontario, Canada focused on areas with glacial till.




  • Wear resistant, offset carbide tip designed to break through rocky soil
  • Reduced installation time to save time and money
  • Reduced spiking of torque and chatter during installation for better pile performance and a safer alternative

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Elevator Pit Solutions – Water Intrusion

Having elevators out of commission for any length of time is not just inconvenient, it’s unacceptable in many circumstances.

Water intrusion is one maintenance issue that, if not addressed properly, will continue to cause unnecessary interruptions for repairs.


After experiencing this problem with a number of elevator pits, where multiple applications of various sealants failed to remedy the problem, a condominium complex was seeking a permanent solution.

Following engineer’s recommendations, a grid system was established that outlined a solution which included drilled holes that were filled with polyurethane grout injections. This resulted in a full ‘stop seal’ along with anytime access for future repairs.

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Weathering the Storm – CHANCE Helical Pulldown® Micropile

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but Mother Nature can call for some quick innovation.

Hurricane Sandy presented an opportunity to rethink a home elevation project in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Chance Case Study Point Pleasant Home Elevation (Huricane Sandy)-sm

Based on storm surge and the resulting scour, the intention was to install standard helical piles with the CHANCE Helical Pulldown® Micropile into typical soils that would be affected by a storm surge in the Point Pleasant area and then determine their performance by field testing.

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Limited Liability Sinkhole Coverage Bill Passed

LtdSinkholeCoverageBills-PassedBeginning July 1, 2016 Florida residents will now have more sinkhole insurance coverage options.

S.B. 1274 was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on April 6th.   An article by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC notes, This newly created Section 627.7151 of the Florida Statutes will allow insurance companies, at their option, to provide limited sinkhole coverage insurance to homeowners, which would provide coverage for a “sinkhole loss,” which is a lower threshold of damage than “catastrophic ground cover collapse” and is defined as “structural damage to the covered building, including the foundation, caused by sinkhole activity.”

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Helical Pile Foundation solution for Gantry Crane installation

When Quezon Power Facility Philippines was preparing to install a Gantry Crane they were faced with a few obstacles that deviated from conventional deep foundation solutions to support the project.


Challenged with the absence of information on soil composition and underground impediments, along with limited access to the area and the inability to relocate equipment, the Project/Design Engineer decided that CHANCE® helical piles might be the ideal solution for the project.

After training a local installation crew, the project was successfully completed using 135 helical piles, lightweight equipment, and an extendable boom.

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Sinkholes are not good, but this one really stinks!

Residents in and around a Tarpon Springs Mobile Home Park have a long weekend ahead.

On Wednesday as crews were working on repairing a sinkhole outside of the park, the ground began collapsing further, and the pressure took out water and sewer lines. Water and raw sewage had to be pumped out of the 100’ wide by 60’ deep hole before utility crews could start repairs.

A few residents closest to the hole have been temporarily evacuated, and neighborhoods connected to the affected lines have been asked to conserve water and sewer usage as the pipes are replaced.

See report here.

FL Supreme Court hears homeowner’s case seeking court fees from sinkhole suit

justiceThe Florida Supreme Court is hearing a case filed on behalf of an Ocala resident seeking reimbursement for $100,000 in court fees incurred since 2011.

The original suit began at the County Circuit Court level after a sinkhole claim was denied by her insurance company.  The insurance company eventually paid the full claim after a third party consulting company found the damages were cause by a sinkhole.  The court found in favor of the homeowner,  however, an appellate court later ruled in favor of the insurance company.

This week the Supreme Court  heard attorneys for both sides argue two different interpretations of a Florida statute that lays out when an insurance company is responsible for paying attorney’s fees for the insured.

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100′ sinkhole has not grown

A retest of the 100′ sinkhole under a vacant building in a Tampa apartment complex has been completed by a firm hired by the City.

March10The results showed that the sinkhole has not grown, and residents in the adjacent buildings will be safe until repairs are made.

Owners of the building have delayed making repairs while they dispute the amount of the insurance settlement.  A court hearing for the case is scheduled early this summer.  The City will continue to monitor until repairs are completed.

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