History and Present Status of the Concrete Pile Industry


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Title: History and Present Status of the Concrete Pile Industry

Author(s): Charles R. Gow

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 174-218

Keywords: none

Date: 2/1/1917

Prior to the beginning of the present century, piling for foundation purposes as used in this country was almost invariably of wood. It is true, of course, that special conditions had at times imposed the necessity of introducing substitutes for wood piling, and the use of iron and screw piles was more or less familiar to engineers of that period. Sand piles had been used in a limited way, and the writer recalls having seen light steel shells filled with concrete and buried in the ground as foundation supports during the late years of the last century.