Rammed Aggregate Pier® Foundation Systems

Geopier Rammed Aggregate Pier®  (RAP) Technology

Geopier Rammed Aggregate Pier® (RAP) systems are ground improvement technologies that create a densified column of aggregate surrounded by a stiffened matrix soil.  These foundation systems are ideal for nearly all soil types and design applications.  There are “drill and fill” solutions for non-caving soils (silts and clays) and there are “displacement” solutions for caving soils (sands below the groundwater table) and squeezing soils (soft clays and silts).  Our RAP™ technology systems can even support structures in organic soils by adding cement or grout (refer to rigid inclusion section).   The end result is a stiffened mass of soil that provides improved bearing and excellent settlement control for support of spread footings and slabs-on-grade.

How Does Geopier Ground Improvement Work?

Geopier introduced the Rammed Aggregate Pier® (RAP) technology to the industry in 1989 as an Intermediate Foundation® solution that cost clients 30 to 50 percent less than deep foundations. 

Our RAP ground improvement technologies are constructed by applying direct vertical ramming energy to densely compact aggregate to form high stiffness engineered elements and increase the lateral stress that improves surrounding soils. This process provides superior support capacity, increased bearing pressure (up to 10,000 psf), and greater settlement control for all soil types.   

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How does Geopier compare to the competition?

There are many choices when it comes to aggregate piers, but not all aggregate piers are created equal.  Geopier, with its proprietary Rammed Aggregate Pier® solutions, is the gold standard in aggregate pier technology, design, engineering, and customer focus.