A driven pile is a prefabricated steel, timber or concrete column that is ?driven? into the ground using a pile driver machine. The pile is installed by impact hammering, vibrating or pushing it into the ground to a predetermined depth.
Performance Foundations recommend bottom driven piling when ground conditions are poor or in situations when piles are required to carry high loads and deep foundations are not possible.
Driven piles are sometimes referenced as displacement piles. During the installation process, soil is moved as the pile is driven into position. They are particularly suitable for accommodating substantial horizontal loads and vertical tension loads created by large bending movements, horizontal reactions and uplift and heave reactions, as well as large axial loads. It is particularly good for brownfield sites because costly spoil removal is not needed.