May 13, 2020

AFT Completes Container Terminal Upgrade Project in Mexico’s Pacific Coast Port of Manzanillo

Colima, Mexico: Contecon Manzanillo S.A. de C.V. (CMSA), the Mexican subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), undertook a capacity improvement program at the Port of Manzanillo in Mexico to expand Mexico’s gateway on the Pacific coast. AFT, working with one of our long-standing Contractor clients based out of Panama, installed the new foundation piles for the dock.  We performed construction geotechnical services during

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December 4, 2018

High Capacity Static Load Testing for Tampa’s West Extension of the Selmon Expressway

AFT completes another successful high capacity load test. Shown is our 1,500 ton top down static test system, setup in the median of busy Gandy Blvd in South Tampa. All part of the foundation construction by Kiewit for the new Lee Roy Selmon Expressway West Extension project. As usual, we utilized fully automated instrumentation for high precision measurements monitored from a safe distance away. Contact

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October 23, 2018

FDOT Makes Use of Statnamic Load Testing in West Palm Beach, Florida

AFT recently performed three Statnamic Load Tests for the FDOT bridge replacement project at SR80 Southern Blvd over the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach, Florida. The drilled shaft foundations for the new bridge utilize AFT’s manufactured tip grouting apparatus and base grouting to increase usable end bearing. The test program included pressure grouting of the drilled shaft tip via pre-installed grout apparatus, followed by

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August 23, 2018

1,000 kips of Lateral Static Load Test Ability

Simplicity and highly effective. AFT upgraded our lateral static load test capabilities with the addition of this 1,000 kip lateral test strut. Ideal for Drilled Shafts and Pile groups. Push or pull while allowing the pile head to freely rotate. Allows accurate back fitting of results to modeling programs. We apply fully automated precision electronic instrumentation above ground, embedment gages, and reusable downhole instruments for

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July 31, 2018

Static Load Testing with a Beautiful Backdrop

We appreciate the unique opportunities our clients give us. This time it was set in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. When the phone rang and we were asked if we could do a 3,000 kip top down load test, the answer was YES. AFT combined our static test equipment and know how with the resources of our client to successfully complete a series of complex high capacity

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October 31, 2017

AFTCell Mele in Hawaii

AFT is proud to be a part of the latest phase of the Honolulu Rail Transit project working with the JV of Shimick Traylor Granite. This is the third segment of the project known as the Airport Guideway and Stations Design Build Contract. It includes a 5.15-mile segment of elevated guideway and four stations all supported on Drilled Shaft foundations. AFT-Cell’s were used extensively on the project but

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August 31, 2017

Smallbore = Big Results with AFT-Cell

AFT recently achieved a load test record for the Tampa Bay Area. To maximize the side resistance that could be mobilized in a test shaft, we worked with our client Case Atlantic and the geotechnical engineer Terracon to design a test shaft with the optimal diameter to test capacity. The team finally decided on a 3 foot (~1 m) diameter shaft, 94 feet (28.6 m) below

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March 31, 2017

North American Record Drilled Shaft at 340 feet

AFT together with Malcolm Drilling Company has recently accomplished what has never been done in the USA. Drilled shafts were installed to an astounding depth of 340 feet (104 meters) and load tested with our AFT-Cell Bi-Directional Load Test system. Two levels of AFT-Cell assemblies with three cells per level were used to apply test loads in excess of 30,000 kips. The new Oceanwide Center project in

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June 23, 2016

Static Load Testing to the Moon

At an un-named lauch pad used for previous Shuttle and Apollo missions, AFT recently completed a series of complex static foundation load tests with our 1500 ton load frame. Ironically, you can see the full moon in the sky at left. When it comes to complex or routine conventional static load testing, you can turn to AFT for our unique testing capabilities.