The Permeability (PIT) test is indeed a valuable non-destructive method for evaluating the structural integrity of various foundation elements such as CFA Piles, Driven Piles, Reinforced Concrete Piles, or Timber Piles.

It serves multiple purposes, including detecting defects like cracks, voids, construction joints, bulges, necks, and even confirming pile lengths and unknown depths.

The methodology, application, and limitations of PIT testing are outlined in standards like ASTM D5882, AS 2159, and SESOC / NZGS Specifications.

It’s crucial that the PIT test data is analyzed by competent engineers familiar with the methodology and interpretation of results. The report should offer a clear assessment of the pile’s integrity and any potential issues identified during testing.

PIT testing offers a relatively economical and fast means of evaluating foundation element integrity, contributing to informed decision-making in construction and engineering projects.

Pile Integrity Testing (PIT)