Glossary of Piledriving and Foundation Construction Terms
Welcome to the APE Gloassary for piledriving and foundation construction terms. This is a great place to look for terms that you may be unfamiliar with when working with or researching piledriving technologies. This glossary also contains terms unrelated to piledriving, but that are frequently used on and around foundation construction projects. If you have a question or have term that you would like to add and do not know who to call please contact the APE Headquarters in Washington at (800) 248-8498. Business hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time. For less immediate inquiries, or if you would like an APE sales representitive to get in contact with you, please visit the APE Contact Request Form.
|Quake||Elastic compression of soil during pile driving. A term utilized in wave equation analysis.|
|Quay||A whar which si built parallel to the shore line.|
|Quick Test||A maintained pile load test with time intervals less than 20 minutes between adding load increments.|
|Quicksand||A condition rather than a type of soil. Generally, a fine granular soil temporarily supersaturated with rising water and acting as a fluid under pressure. See Liquefaction.|