Protect Quality and Deadlines With Wick Drains

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Thanks to modern techniques and professional support from CNC Foundations, you can accelerate your schedule without sacrificing the quality of your construction services.

Why Use Wick Drains?

When you need deep fills to achieve design grade, or surcharge loading is required to consolidate a site before construction, wick drains are one of the best ways to accelerate the construction schedule. The wick drains consist of thin geosynthetic drainage strips installed vertically through compressible soils in a grid pattern to provide a drainage path for the water as it is squeezed out of the soil. This allows the consolidation of the soil to happen much faster than it would otherwise.

Depending on the permeability of the native soils, it may take many months for the settlement to occur without wick drains. In construction, there are delays and timetables that must be tolerated while ensuring project quality is maintained.. However, solutions like Wick Drains can remove these obstructions in your schedule without sacrificing the quality of the craftsmanship.

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When we anticipate project delays due to fill-included settlement like this, we recommend and install wick drains to drastically reduce the amount of time required for the soils to compress. This accelerates the project schedule and allows projects to be completed on time.

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A Geosynthetic Drainage Layer for Soil Consolidation

Geosynthetics are used throughout the construction industry to stabilize terrain. They’ve become the answer to many civil engineering problems. Their material is lightweight compared to other options, and geosynthetics are designed to be durable for many different applications. When it comes to soft compressible soil and the need to reduce consolidation times, these ground improvement solutions help to:

  • Reduce timeframe during surcharge programs
  • Reduce timeframe where deep fills are required to achieve design grade

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The wick drainage systems like this have a flexible core that is engineered to have grooves on both sides. This design allows water to flow unimpeded. The core is also wrapped in a durable geotextile filter fabric to enable the smooth access of pore water. We install a pattern of vertical wick drains like this to deliver short drainage paths for water. This wick drain installation technique is how we accelerate the consolidation process of the soil particles.

In-House Construction Services With Dedicated Customer Support

CNC Foundations has provided technical and construction support to commercial and industrial markets since 1987. You don’t build a legacy of success like that without being dedicated to customer support and first-rate services. We developed an in-house team of engineers and support personnel to offer project management, engineering, load testing, preliminary geotechnical design, and design/build construction.

We have positioned ourselves as an industry leader in geotechnical construction throughout the areas we serve in the greater Midwest, South, Southeast, and beyond. Over the years, we have built a reputation for safety, and it has become a trademark of our organization. We emphasize safety for the well-being of our team and every other trade on the worksite. A safe job site is a productive one with less interruptions and lower insurance costs. To learn more about wick drains and our other ground improvement services, contact CNC Foundations today.

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