Massman conducted a test pile program for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The objective of the program was to acquire pile capacity information and geotechnical data to aid in the final design of the new Kentucky Lake Bridge near Aurora, Kentucky. The project included the installation of 6 steel pipe test piles, performing a series of dynamic tests while driving each, performing multiple re-strikes to determine different set-up capacity increases and then several static tests. All 6 test piles had artificial plugs welded on the inside about 95 feet from the tip, to force the piles into a plugged condition so they would simulate the long term set up of the pile. There were three 48-inch and three 72-inch piles, the longest being 210 feet long weighing approximately 320,000 pounds. A 3000 ton axial static load test was performed on one 48-inch pile utilizing a reaction frame consisting of over 740 tons of steel and 1,000 tons of concrete counter weight. Two piles had axial StatNamic tests using a device that was set on top of the pile and was capable of applying a downward force of 5,000 tons through an explosive charge. A 500 ton lateral StatNamic test was also performed on one of the pile because the contract required equipment that could install the piling to depths that could produce the required large resistances, and also required that it be accomplished while achieving a minimum of 70% and a maximum 90% of the yield stress in the steel, Massman mobilized a massive MENCK MHU 800S pile hammer from Singapore. This hammer has a total length of 45 feet, weighs 125 tons and produces 600,000 foot-pounds of energy.