The SQUID (Shaft Quantitative Inspection Device) is an alternative to the camera-based visual inspection of the excavated shaft base. SQUID assesses cleanliness by measuring the thickness of the debris or non-competent material remaining at the shaft base, and can also provide a quantitative evaluation of the strength of the bearing layer.
A drill stub column adaptor allows for a quick pinned connection to the Kelly bar of any drill rig; the rig itself lowers the SQUID body to the base of the shaft. The SQUID body includes three retractable contact plates attached to displacement transducers, and one instrumented cone penetrometer for each contact plate. The penetrometer cones move through the debris layer and into the bearing material under the weight of the Kelly bar and measure pressure, while the transducers measure displacement. The SQUID body connects by cable to a wireless transmitter at the edge of the borehole; the transmitter sends pressure and displacement data to the SQUID Tablet.
The wireless data transmission to the tablet – where data is visualized - allows for the person holding it to be positioned at a safe distance from the borehole. The SQUID Tablet displays, among other information, the depth of the non-competent layer and the maximum penetrometer cone tip pressure.
The SQUID is the latest addition to Pile Dynamics extensive line of quality assurance and quality control systems for the deep foundations industry. The company is located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and has commercial representatives in all continents.
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Source: Pile Dynamics