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[CCMC 13691-R] CCMC Canadian code compliance evaluation

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Compliance opinion

It is the opinion of the Canadian Construction Materials Centre that the evaluated products, when used as a steel pile in a foundation system in accordance with the conditions and limitations stated in this evaluation, comply with the following code:

National Building Code of Canada 2015

ID Code provision Solution type
04-02-03-08-01-e-004.2.3.8.(1)(e) CSA G40.21, "Structural Quality Steel."Acceptable
04-02-03-10-00-0-004.2.3.10.(1) Where conditions are corrosive to steel, ...Acceptable
04-02-04-01-00-0-004.2.4.1.(1) The design of foundations, excavations a ...Acceptable
09-04-01-01-01-c-019.4.1.1.(1)(c)(i) Part 9, orAcceptable

Ontario Building Code

Ruling No. 16-05-335 (13691-R) authorizing the use of this product in Ontario, subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Ruling, was made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on 2018-04-12 pursuant to s.29 of the Building Code Act, 1992 (see Ruling for terms and conditions). This Ruling is subject to periodic revisions and updates.


The above opinion(s) is/are based on the evaluation by the CCMC of technical evidence provided by the evaluation holder, and is bound by the stated conditions and limitations. For the benefit of the user, a summary of the technical information that forms the basis of this evaluation has been included.

Product information

Product names

  • SP1
  • SP2
  • SP3

Product description

The product is a helical screw pile constructed of helical-shaped circular steel plates that are welded to a steel shaft. The plates are constructed as a helix with a carefully controlled pitch, similar to the thread on a screw.

The helical piles tested are summarized in the table below.

Table 1. Specifications of the product
Product Outside diameter Helix diameter × thickness
Pile type in. mm in. mm
SP1 2.375 60 10 × 0.375 254 × 9.5
SP2 2.875 73 12 × 0.375 305 × 9.5
SP3 3.5 89 14 × 0.5 356 × 12.7


The pile type and helix diameter are chosen based on the bearing capacity of the soil and the load the rotary-installed steel pile is designed to support. The central shaft is used to transmit torque during installation and to transfer axial loads to the helical plates. The foundation system comes with various other accessories, such as support plates to adapt to the building structure, extension shafts and connectors.

The steel shaft, plates and accessories conform to CSA G40.20-13/G40.21-13, “General Requirements for Rolled or Welded Structural Quality Steel/Structural Quality Steel,” 300 MPa. Where conditions are corrosive to steel, exposed steel shall be adequately protected with a galvanic coating that meets the requirements of ASTM A123/A123M-17, “Standard Specification for Zinc (Hot-Dip Galvanized) Coatings on Iron and Steel Products,” 610 g/m2 .

The figure below shows typical steel piles.

Different helical screw pile sizes.

Figure 1. Almita Helical Screw Piles, SP1, SP2 and SP3

Manufacturing plants

This evaluation is limited to products produced at the following plants:

Product namesManufacturing plants
Guelph, ON, CAPonoka, AB, CA
SP1Product evaluated by the CCMCProduct evaluated by the CCMC
SP2Product evaluated by the CCMCProduct evaluated by the CCMC
SP3Product evaluated by the CCMCProduct evaluated by the CCMC

Product evaluated by the CCMC Indicates that the product from this manufacturing facility has been evaluated by the CCMC

  Conditions and limitations

The CCMC’s compliance opinion is bound by this product being used in accordance with the conditions and limitations set out below.

  • The product under this evaluation is intended to be used as a foundation system to support the following types of construction:
    • Single storey residential buildings within the scope of Part 9 of NBC 2015;
    • Accessory buildings such as sheds, gazebos, sunrooms, carports, and decks/porches within the scope of Part 9 of NBC 2015.

    Other applications are beyond the scope of this evaluation, wherein a professional engineer skilled in such design and licensed to practice under the appropriate provincial or territorial legislation must determine the pile capacity and other design parameters.

  • The product may be used as part of a foundation system to support various constructions, provided that it is installed according to the manufacturer’s current instructions and within the scope of this Report.
  • The structural application of these products shall be in strict accordance with the allowable load vs. applied torque tables prepared by the University of Alberta, which are reproduced in:
  • When the product is installed in cohesive and cohesion-less soils, there is a direct relationship between the applied torque and the allowable compressive and tensile loads. The allowable compressive and tensile loads as a function of the applied torque are indicated in the tables under Technical information.
  • Load tests are required if the allowable loads need to be greater than those stated in the tables under Technical information. The tests must be conducted under the direct supervision of a professional geotechnical engineer, skilled in such design and licensed to practise under the appropriate provincial or territorial legislation.
  • In all cases, a registered professional engineer skilled in such design and licensed to practise under the appropriate provincial or territorial legislation must determine the number and spacing of the rotary-installed steel piles required to carry all the loads. A certificate attesting to the conformity of the installation and the allowable loads for the piles must be provided.
  • The installation of the rotary-installed steel pile must be carried out as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The helical piles must be screwed into the ground to below the frost line using mechanized equipment. The helical pile is rotated into the ground with sufficient applied downward pressure to advance the helical pile one pitch-distance per revolution. The helical pile is advanced until the applied torque value attains a specified value. Extensions are added to the central shaft as needed. The applied loads may be tensile (uplift), or compressive (bearing). The piles are immediately ready for loading after installation.
  • Where conditions (soil and environmental) are determined to be corrosive to steel, protection of the steel shall be provided. The determination of the presence of corrosive conditions and the specification of the corrosion protection shall be carried out by a registered professional engineer licensed to practise under the appropriate provincial or territorial legislation. If the determination of the presence of corrosive conditions is not completed before installation, the product, including all its accessories, is required to be hot-dipped galvanized, meeting the requirements of CAN/CSA-G164 or ASTM A123/A123M-17 with a minimum thickness of 610 g/m2, or subjected to another method that provides an equivalent level of protection and abrasion resistance deemed acceptable by the CCMC.
  • The installer of the proposed rotary-installed steel piles must be certified by Almita Piling using approved equipment. The installer must follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and the uses and limitations specified in this Report. Each installer must carry a certification card bearing their signature and photograph.
  • The Report Holder has proprietary interest in this Evaluation Report and any use must be authorized by Almita Piling.
  • Each rotary-installed steel pile must be identified with a label that contains the manufacturer’s identification and the phrase “CCMC 13691-R.”

  Technical information

This evaluation is based on demonstrated conformance with the following criteria:

Evaluation requirements
Criteria number Criteria name
CCMC-TG-316615.13-15ACCMC Technical Guide for Augered-Installed Steel Piles

The Report Holder has submitted technical documentation for the CCMC evaluation. Testing was conducted at laboratories recognized by the CCMC. The corresponding technical evidence for this product is summarized below.

Performance requirements

The rotary-installed steel piles were tested to:

  • ASTM D1143/D1143M-07, “Standard Test Methods for Deep Foundations Under Static Axial Compressive Load,” and
  • ASTM D3689, “Standard Test Methods for Deep Foundations Under Static Axial Tensile Load.”

Testing was conducted on four different sites selected because they represent typical soil profiles encountered in Canada. A series of more than 50 tests was performed covering a range of sandy, medium-stiff to very-stiff clay conditions. The intent of the testing was to determine a correlation between the torque applied during installation and the allowable loads. Testing showed a good correlation between the torque applied during installation and the allowable loads. For the loads identified in the tables below, the factor of safety applied was 2.0.

Table 2. Allowable compressive and tensile loads for the SP1 rotary-installed pile (2 3/8 in. thick, 60 mm diameter shaft) in cohesive and cohesion-less soils
Applied torque Allowable loads
Compression Tension
Nm lbf kN lb kN lb

340

250

5.56

1 250

4.23

950

680

500

11.12

2 500

8.45

1 900

1 020

750

16.68

3 750

12.68

2 850

1 360

1 000

22.24

5 000

16.90

3 800

1 690

1 250

27.80

6 250

21.13

4 750

2 030

1 500

33.36

7 500

25.35

5 700

2 370

1 750

38.92

8 750

29.58

6 650

2 710

2 000

44.48

10 000

33.81

7 600

3 050

2 250

50.04

11 250

38.03

8 550

3 390

2 500

55.60

12 500

42.26

9 500

3 730

2 750

61.16

13 750

46.48

10 450

4 070

3 000

66.72

15 000

50.71

11 400

4 410

3 250

72.28

16 250

54.94

12 350

4 750

3 500

77.84

17 500

59.16

13 300

5 080

3 750

83.40

18 750

- -

5 420

4 000

88.96

20 000

- -

5 760

4 250

94.52

21 250

- -

6 100

4 500

100.08

22 500

- -

 

Table 3. Allowable compressive and tensile loads for the SP2 rotary-installed pile (2 7/8 in. thick, 73 mm diameter shaft) in cohesive and cohesion-less soils
Applied torque Allowable loads
Compression Tension
Nm lbf kN lb kN lb

678

500

11.6

2 614

11.6

2 614

1 356

1 000

23.0

5 227

23

5 227

2 034

1 500

29.8

6 702

29

6 522

2 712

2 000

36.1

8 112

34.2

7 695

3 390

2 500

42.4

9 521

39.4

8 869

4 067

3 000

48.6

10 931

44.7

10 042

4 745

3 500

54.9

12 341

49.9

11 216

5 423

4 000

61.2

13 750

55.1

12 389

6 101

4 500

67.4

15 160

60.3

13 563

6 779

5 000

73.7

16 570

- -

7 457

5 500

80.0

17 980

- -

8 135

6 000

86.2

19 389

- -

8 813

6 500

92.5

20 799

- -

9 491

7 000

98.8

22 209

- -

 

  
Table 4. Allowable compressive and tensile loads for the SP3 rotary-installed pile (3 1/2 in. thick, 89 mm diameter shaft) in cohesive and cohesion-less soils
Applied torque Allowable loads
Compression Tension
Nm lbf kN lb kN lb

678

500

9.7

2 187

9.7

2 187

1 356

1 000

19.5

4 374

19.5

4 374

2 034

1 500

29.2

6 561

29.2

6 561

2 712

2 000

38.9

8 748

38.9

8 748

3 390

2 500

48.6

10 924

48.6

10 929

4 067

3 000

53.7

12 074

52.8

11 874

4 745

3 500

58.8

13 225

57.0

12 819

5 423

4 000

63.9

14 376

- -

6 101

4 500

69.1

15 526

- -

6 779

5 000

74.2

16 677

- -

7 457

5 500

79.3

17 827

- -

8 135

6 000

84.4

18 978

- -

8 813

6 500

89.5

20 129

- -

9 491

7 000

94.7

21 279

- -

10 169

7 500

99.8

22 430

- -

 

Administrative information

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