Residential Renovation Project - Windsor, Ontario

September 2010

Helical Advanced

Helical piles being advanced

Helical Capacity

Helical piles are advanced to the design depth and capacity

Helical Piles Installed

Helical piles are installed and project nears completion

Project Summary

Structural Engineer: GS Engineering Consultants, Inc., Windsor, ON

General Contractor: Towsley Construction Co., Chatham, ON

Installing Contractor: Advanced Basement Systems, Chatham, ON

Products Installed: (5) Supportworks Model 288 Helical Piles


A large residence on the shore of Lake St. Clair in Southwest Ontario was built in 2005. In 2010, the homeowners decided to build an addition on the back side of the structure to enhance their view of the lake. After a geotechnical investigation was completed by GS Engineering Consultants, it was determined that due to the soil profile and the close proximity of the existing structure to the lake, a deep foundation system would be required to support the new foundation in order to prevent it from settling in the future.


GS Engineering Consultants specified five (5) helical piles to be installed within the grade beam of the addition to transfer the load of the structure to stable soils approximately 10 to 20 feet below grade. Helical piles offered several advantages for this project, including the use of small installation equipment in areas with limited access, quick installation time, and low cost compared to other alternatives. The helical pile configuration consisted of a 2-7/8-inch outside diameter round shaft with a 10”-12”-14” triple-helix lead section. The helical piles were installed to depths that ranged from 10 to 20 feet to support the design working load of 18 kips. The installation of five (5) helical piles took only one day to complete and the project was able to continue on schedule.

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Advanced Basement Systems
23576 Prince Albert Road
Chatham, ON N7M 5J7

Advanced Basement Systems
199 Exeter Rd Unit E
London, ON N6L 1A4
Coverage Area: Southwestern Ontario