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DFI publishes new white paper on Crosshole Sonic Logging (CSL)

Industry News
Written by Piling Canada
December 2019

DFI announces the release of a new white paper, “Terminology and Evaluation Criteria of Crosshole Sonic Logging (CSL) as applied to Deep Foundations.”

The paper was produced by a CSL Task Force comprised of members of the DFI Codes and Standards Committee, Drilled Shaft Committee and Testing and Evaluation Committee. The CSL Task Force was chaired by E. Anna Sellountou, PhD, PE, Pile Dynamics.

The white paper reviews the state of practice (including experience gained over the past 20 years), proposes improved CSL rating criteria and makes recommendations for additional assessment, as well as educates the industry on the proper interpretation of CSL testing.

Non-destructive testing of drilled shaft foundations via CSL is often performed as part of the quality assurance process to assess the soundness of concrete. The intent of CSL testing is to identify irregularities such as soil intrusion, necking, soft bottom, segregation, voids and other defects that could result in poor structural performance of the foundation. Over time, CSL rating criteria based on first arrival time and relative energy have often incorrectly evolved to be the sole means of determining the acceptability of a shaft. Some of these criteria have found their way into regulatory agency specifications, with acceptance values often differing from agency to agency. The 17-page paper is available at no cost at www.dfi.org/publications.asp?goto=1058#P1058. 🍁

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