How well do Helical Piles shake? Let’s find out!

We are gearing up for the large-scale shake test at the University of California San-Diego Shake Table site with a tentative start date of February 1st, 2016.  Please check back here often to find updates on schedule and a daily log of activities.  You can also watch the live video feed at  If you’d like […]

Dr. Amy Cerato to partner with Norman, Oklahoma Based Bergey Windpower to design a better performing and less-expensive foundation for their Excel 15 Turbine and Tower

Bergey Windpower and Dr. Amy Cerato will work together on a Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Competitive Improvement Project (CIP) grant to design a helical pile foundation for the 15kW turbine and self-supporting lattice tower to increase the speed of installation and lower the cost.  Bergey and Dr. Cerato have worked […]

Don’t miss it! I’m giving another presentation!

I am one of the keynote speakers for the upcoming specialty seminar on the Design and Installation of Helical Piles and Tiebacks for New Construction and Rehabilitation.  I will be presenting some of the experimental results from the large shake table test in UCSD.  Come and join us in beautiful Montreal, CANADA!  More information can […]

Terracon Supports Graduate Student Education at OU

The University of Oklahoma’s Geotechnical Engineering research group has a close relationship with many of the local geotechnical engineering consulting firms in the area.  These firms donate drill rig time and in situ testing demonstrations for class exercises as well as provide student event and conference sponsorship.  In addition, Terracon has been supporting select OU […]

Upcoming Keynote Presentation at the DFI Helical Pile and Tiebacks Seminar!

Come and join the Deep Foundation Institute’s Committee on Helical Piles and Tiebacks for a great 1-day seminar in sunny Ontario, California on Thursday, August 11th!  Register today! I’ll be giving the keynote presentation from 11:00 am – 11:45 am about our exciting full-scale seismic test on the outdoor shake table at the University […]

Successful DFI Presentation!

Success!  The Helical Pile and Tieback Committee finagled a prime time 30 minute time-slot during the plenary session for my seismic research presentation today – and even though the crowd was late for lunch because the session started late after break, we managed to hold a packed room for a 25 minute power-packed presentation.  Unfortunately, […]

More Qualitative Proof that Helical Piles Work Well in Earthquakes – Alaska

I just read a great post by one of our Helical Pile Seismic Research Project Sponsors, TechnoMetal Post,, that talked about the recent January 24, 2016 7.1 Magnitude Alaskan Earthquake and its effect on residential structures using helical piles as foundation elements. They did a post-earthquake reconnaissance and noted no damage to the helical […]

Sneak Peak Video – Helical Piles in Action

The helical pile tests we completed in San Diego in February were a huge success.  Not only have we been organizing, reducing and analyzing data, we have been watching the 4 TB (plus) of video files and are starting to create smaller clips of our testing to share.  This particular rough clip of a series […]

Exciting Earthquake Educational Module

Right after we got back from San Diego, my research team went into a local elementary school and taught them all about how important foundation systems are in keeping structures, buildings and their inhabitants safe during earthquakes.  Check out our awesome kindergarten, first and second grade engineers-in-training.  They LOVED learning about earthquakes and building piles […]