MINIATURE DRILLED SHAFT INSPECTION DEVICE (MINI-SID)
GPE, inc. proudly introduces the new Miniature Drilled Shaft Inspection Device (Mini-SID). SID-I was originally developed in the early 1980s for the Florida Department of Transportation and used on the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge. SID-I and SID-II (placed in service in 1994) have visually inspected the drilled shafts for many bridges over the years. The Mini-SID is the latest in drilled shaft inspection systems, and is easily transported to virtually any location around the world. Rugged, compact, and easy to use, the Mini-SID safely and quickly verifies bottom cleanliness.
Bottom cleanliness has an important effect upon shaft bearing, shear near the bottom of a shaft, and shaft settlement. Most designers are uncomfortable designing shafts for end bearing and add extra shear depth except when the bottom may be visually inspected. The Mini-SID allows the Owner, Engineer, and Contractor to simultaneously view the shaft bottom whether constructed dry or wet, with water or slurry. This saves time and money by eliminating the need for multiple inspections and allowing the designer to reduce shaft length due to increased confidence in shaft end bearing. The inspections are annotated and recorded on a SVHS format video recorder for project documentation and later reference.
The Mini-SID offers savings to the Owner, Engineer, and Contractor.