Seaside Cottage

ductile iron piles provide deep foundation support solution

Ductile Iron Piles Provide Foundation Support Solution To Address Poor Soil Conditions While Elevating The Building To Protect Against Extreme Tides

Project Description:

Construction consisted of a new single-story cottage near the beach in West Berlin, Nova Scotia. While the structure was generally lightly-loaded, the possibility of extreme tides combined with poor soil conditions required the building be elevated above existing ground.

Geotechnical Conditions:

The subsurface conditions encountered were loose homogenous sand extending approximately 12 feet below grade over bedrock.

Project Challenges:

Providing a foundation support solution for the one-storey cottage located in a remote area to address the poor soil conditions and need to elevate the building to protect against extreme tides.

Design and Construction Solution:

Ductile Iron Pile InstallationInitially contacted to provide a helical pile foundation solution, AMCON Limited conducted a soil probing program to determine the depth of the bedrock. Once the bedrock elevation was determined to be only 10 to 12 feet below grade, AMCON concluded that end-bearing Ductile Iron Piles (DIPs) would be the most economical solution given the loading of the structure and soil conditions encountered during the soil probing.

The design approach consisted of Series 118/7.5 (118mm diameter with 7.5mm wall thickness) Ductile Iron Piles installed to terminate by achieving “set” on the shallow bedrock surface. In total, eleven end-bearing DIPs were installed to “set” using a mid-sized excavator and hydraulic hammer to support the Bishop Cottage. The unique spigot and socket joint allowed for all the DIPs to be installed in just a few days thus greatly speeding up the construction schedule. Brackets were then welded to the top of the DIPs to easily accommodate the superstructure of the cottage.


Project Team Members

DIP Design / Build Partner: AMCON Limited
Structural Engineer: ABLE Engineering Inc.


Seaside Cottage

Pile Type

End-Bearing Ductile Iron Piles


West Berlin, Nova Scotia

Project Type





Difficult Access
Soft Soils

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