PileTool is an easy to use software created for the design of bored and driven piles in various ground conditions. Using referenced background theory it will calculate a pile capacity plot with depth, modelling gradual variations of capacity through the use of finite element analysis of 0.1 m thick ground layers. The pile capacity plot can be useful to model the performance of piles of varying dimensions and properties installed in different ground conditions and can prevent a lot of iterative / repetitive calculations for pile design. It can be a useful tool when used to complement / verify hand-calculations or simply to perform quick preliminary, back-of-envelope pile designs used for example to compare the feasibility of different piling options for a tender.
It considers the water table, safety factor (both combined and separate shaft and end-bearing), anchor piles, concrete / steel or wood as pile material, installation either bored or driven and circular / square shaped piles. Layer properties are based on SPT values and ground type must be either entered as cohesive / granular / silt or sand, so for example in a site investigation borehole a sandy CLAY should be modelled as a cohesive material type. Also for example a clayey SILT should be modelled as a silt material type.