Strategies & Innovations
Roussy patents sonic pile-anchors for earthquake protection
By Colleen Cross
Surrey, B.C. – Engineer Ray Roussy has patented a new sonic pile-anchor that allows a building to rest on top as well as be bolted and anchored to it.
“In addition to the seismic benefits of sonic pile-anchors, using a sonic drill rig to install them also provides a number of advantages,” said Roussy, president of the Sonic Drill Corporation and Sonic Drilling Ltd. “It can be done efficiently, with no pounding, in tight spaces, with minimal noise and without impacting adjacent structures.”
The technology represents a huge leap forward in securing building foundations, especially in vulnerable seismic areas, Sonic Drilling said in a press release. The patented sonic pile-anchors provide exceptional earthquake protection by preventing buildings from shifting or separating from their foundations.
“Plus, on larger piling installations, there’s no need for cranes or heavy equipment while smaller projects can be quickly and easily completed . . . so there’s a lot of opportunity to save on costs,” Roussy said.