Can battered (inclined, raked) piles be dynamically tested with the Pile Driving Analyzer® (PDA)? What is the difference in the procedure compared with vertical piles?
The PDA can dynamically test battered (inclined, raked) piles. There are no practical differences in the procedure as compared to that of vertical piles. When testing, ensure that the gages are installed in an axial orientation. In short, make sure that they are aligned with the pile.