One of the most dynamic and important developments in the world of construction
and a key material in CMS inshore work, is Vinyl Sheet Piling.
The history of Sheet Piling begins with Tryggve Larssen,
a government building surveyor in Bremen, Germany,
who invented a sheet pile wall, made from rolled steel sections.
In 1902 the so-called ‘Larrsen Sheet Piles’ were used as a waterfront structure in Bremen and are still fully functional today.
By 1912, they were used in the construction of piers, oil terminals, waste storage facilities, bridges, houses, buildings, other construction sites and for the strengthening of pond banks.
Throughout the ensuing years, changes in materials, configurations and installation techniques have led to a vast range of sheet pile applications.
Timber piles, which have low bearing capacity, must be cut off
below the permanent ground water level to prevent them from decay.
They are liable to decay or deterioration by salt water, or insects
and they cannot be used for jobs where long piles are needed.
Precast or prestressed concrete sheet piles must be properly reinforced to withstand handling, transportation and driving with heavy equipment.
They increase project cost through high wastage, are not suitable
for poorly drained soils and create heaving, lifting adjacent piles.
The foundations of adjacent structures are also likely to be affected, due to the excessive vibrations caused by driving.
Steel sheet piles, though having had stellar success in Bremen
and many other world locations, are victims of rust and endless maintenance.
Vinyl sheet piles never rust and maintain their original appearance over time. They have high durability and are resistant to ultra-violet rays, chemicals and water organisms. They also resist rodent and marine borer attacks and are not affected by salt water.
Being lighter than steel, Vinyl Sheet Piles are much less expensive
to produce, with lower transportation costs, easier to handle and cut
and can be used where steel, concrete and wood cannot be.
They are environment friendly and are manufactured
from recycled plastic.
They do not contain any harmful substances, which may leak into
the environment, therefore making Vinyl Sheet Piles ideal for a host
of environmentally sensitive projects.
With all of these benefits in mind, a large number of profile styles
and accessories are now available.
Our focus at CMS is on performance,
durability, cost and ease of use.
With many manufacturers making their play for new markets,
we are pleased to state that our ongoing relationship with
Crane Materials International (CMI) is ideal.
CMI is the worldwide expert in the synthetic sheet piling, offering vinyl, composite and aluminum products as alternatives to steel, concrete and wood.
The company has the world’s largest vinyl sheet piling fabrication facility, specifically designed to incorporate new advancements in manufacturing technologies. This practical knowledge base works well with the innovative spirit of our company.
CMS, as regional representatives of CMI products, as well as industry contractors, offer our services and in depth knowledge of CMI solutions, for domestic or commercial projects, to make the change
to better technology.
In the areas of training, design modification and construction
CMS is making Vinyl Sheet Piling a cost effective choice
in the Caribbean.
Contact us today and discuss how CMS can become a vital component to your architectural project, a reliable contractor when your problems require trusted, durable solutions and an expert, quality construction company, for key land security and reclamation work.
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