Case performed this $80 million project, within the active units of an operating oil refinery.

The project

BP’s ‘Operation Canadian Crude’ planned to build a new crude distillation unit at its existing Whiting Refinery in Indiana. Case Foundation worked on this project from February 2009 until April 2012.

The challenge

Construction took place within the active units of the operating facility. Approximately 1,000 of the auger cast piles were installed under restricted headroom conditions as low as 12 feet.

The solution

Case Foundation installed over 7,500 auger cast piles for the project. Auger cast piles were between 18 inches and 24 inches in diameter and ranged in depth from 80 feet to 95 feet. Design capacities were confirmed with Osterberg Load Testing. Installation of the auger cast piles included surveying, fabrication and installation of reinforcing steel, furnishing and pumping grout, and material testing and inspection.

Project Facts


BP Products North America

Main Contractor(s)

Foster Wheeler

Keller Business Unit(s)

Case Foundation


BP Products N.A.