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Over the past 25 years major changes have occurred in the deep foundations industry. New improved methods have been developed for installing all types of deep foundations, increased loads are being used &new quality control procedures have been developed

Course Outline
Over the past twenty-five years, major changes have occurred in the deep foundations industry.  New improved methods have been developed for installing all types of deep foundations, increased loads are being used and new quality control procedures have been developed.  For driven piles, higher loads are being achieved with new hammers, dynamic quality control methods have been adopted, wave equation analysis is being widely used, and higher strength materials are becoming common.  Auger-cast piles are being used with increasing frequency, high capacity drilled shafts are being utilized more frequently and new design and specifications have been adopted in many codes and specifications.  This course presents modern design procedures for deep foundations and discusses latest developments. Practicing professionals

Objective • To provide the understanding of the fundamentals of the design process for deep foundations
• To provide adequate knowledge in the proper selection of a deep foundation system
• To present modern techniques for the design, installation, and verification of deep foundations.

Who Should Attend Consulting engineers, geo-technical engineers, civil and structural engineers, project managers and construction engineers, contractors, and any technical professional involved in the design, construction, inspection, testing and specification of deep foundations (driven piles, cast-in-place piles, or drilled shafts).

Program Outline Instructors: Dhirendra S. Saxena and Christopher C.  Basile, ASC geosciences, inc.

Registration and Coffee

Welcome and Introduction

Introduction, General Overview and Background
• Preview of the whole seminar
• Definition of a deep foundation
• What is a deep foundation?
• Why are they needed?
• When and where are they needed?
Geotechnical Exploration Methods
• Vane Shear Test
• Piezocone
• Pressuremeter
• Dilatometer

Types of Deep Foundations
• Timber pile
• Steel pipe pile
• Steel pipe pile filled with concrete
• Monotube taper pile
• Steel “H” pile
• Steel pipe taper pile-fluted section
• Steel pipe taper pile-corrugated (mandrel driven)
• ACIP pile
• CFA pile
• Precast pre-stressed concrete pile
• Cast-in-place pile (shell withdrawn)
• Drilled shaft
• Bell bottom piers

• Load transfer mechanism in piles
• Bearing capacity of single pile
- cohesion less soil-end bearing pile or pier\
- cohesive soils-total stress analysis
- effective stress analysis
• Group effect in piles
• Analysis and design procedures of pile foundations for
   vertical loads

Open Forum

Questions and Answers


Day II Review of Day I and Preview of Day II

Design (Continued)
• Bearing capacity of pile groups
• Uplift capacity of piles
• Settlement of single piles and pile groups
• Analysis and design of pile foundation for lateral loads
- cohesion less soil
- cohesive soils
• Ultimate lateral resistance of single piles or pile groups

Pile Foundation in Cold Regions
• Introduction
• Single pile load capacity
• Single pile freeze back
• Long term pile displacement

Design Workshop
Participants in small groups work on example problems under instructor guidance. Groups present their solution to the whole class. Presentation by each group is followed by a discussion.

• Pile installation
• Effect of installation method on pile performance
• Piling equipment and installation
• Pile types and pile materials

Open Forum

Questions and Answers


Day III Review of Day I and II and Preview of Day III

Pile Testing
• Dynamic testing of piles
- Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA)
• Static load test on piles
• Instrumented load test (Compression and Tension)
• Integrity testing of piles
- Echo
- Ultrasonic

Related Case Histories (Various)

Open Forum

Questions and Answers

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
  • apply the latest subsurface investigation methods learnt at the seminar to your deep foundation design projects
  • use the knowledge of the new standards and procedures for the design and installation of deep foundations 
  • determine capacity both by static and dynamic methods
  • optimize the selection and design of deep foundations using the knowledge gained in the short period of three days
  • add new tools to your repertoire for consulting engineering field related to deep foundations.
  • Select suitable deep foundation systems and associated equipment for your projects
  • design axial and lateral geotechnical capacity of driven piles and drilled shafts, both individually and as groups
  • carry out the wave equation analysis for the design and installation of driven piles including driving problems

Daily Schedule:
8:00        Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30        Session begins
4:30        Adjournment
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEUs / 18 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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