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Description: Pile foundations are the part of a structure used to carry and transfer the load of the structure to the bearing ground located at some depth below ground surface. The main components of the foundation are the pile cap and the piles. Piles are long and slender members which transfer the load to deeper soil or rock of high bearing capacity avoiding shallow soil of low bearing capacity. Depending upon type of soil, pile material and load transmitting characteristic piles are classified accordingly. In this workshop participants will learn about, classifications, functions and pros and cons of piles design and construction. This course provides participants with specific technical guidance on aspects of designing, installing, and the construction of piled foundations. The course addresses subsurface investigation, pile selection, economic analysis, static design analysis (single pile and pile group behavior under compression, tension and lateral loading, pile settlement, negative skin friction), dynamic driving formulas, wave equation analysis, dynamic testing), static methods of pile load testing. Application and interpretation of the wave equation and dynamic and static pile-load-testing methods are highlighted with an emphasis on the practical issues related to pile monitoring and acceptance on typical construction projects. Construction material includes pile capacity verification by formula; wave equation; dynamic test or static test; performance and interpretation of compression, tension, and lateral load test; load testing devices; the Osterberg Cell and Statnamic. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: Implement a systematic plan for the design and construction of pile foundations Select appropriate subsurface exploration procedures and laboratory tests to provide design soil parameters for pile foundation design Choose the appropriate pile type in a given soil profile based on the advantages and disadvantages of common pile types Use appropriate methods of pile foundation design in application subsurface conditions Calculate single and group capacities of piles to resist compression, tension, and lateral loads Use time-dependent soil strength changes in pile foundation design and construction control Identify the project influence and significance of pile driveability, pile refusal, and minimum and estimated pile toe elevations Calculate allowable design and allowable driving stresses for common pile types Explain the key differences between allowable stress design and load and resistance factor design methods Determine the primary consolidation settlement of piled foundations on cohesive soils Determine the settlement of piled foundations on cohesionless soils Identify the format and minimum content in an adequate foundation report for driven pile foundations Use dynamic formulas, wave equation analyses, dynamic pile testing and static load testing correctly and effectively Explain appropriate methods of pile installation Target Audience: The target audience for this course includes geotechnical engineers, bridge designers, , resident engineers and consultant review specialists. The course embraces both construction and design, Participants are expected to have passed an undergraduate course in soil mechanics and/or have successfully completed GIC course on Soils Engineering for Practical Applications. This course is intended for designer, field or laboratory personnel with a background in engineering. This course is suitable for attendance by entry-level and experienced engineers and advanced-level technicians. In addition, structural, design, and construction engineers , project management and construction engineers in charge of pile-driving construction are encouraged to attend. college and university faculty; and consultant engineers and geologists who are involved in pile analysis, design and construction, The course will be most beneficial to geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, foundation designers, project engineers, and highway/bridge engineers who are involved in the design and construction of foundations for surface transportation projects. Course outlines Basic Concepts Soil behaviour Fine grain materials versus course grain materials Effective stress concept Consolidation and consolidation settlements Shear strength in soils Deep foundation introduction Deep foundation versus shallow foundation Types of Deep Foundations Why Use a Deep Foundation? Why Not Use a Pile Foundation? Foundations Type Selection Bearing Capacity Settlement Load Capacity Negative Skin Friction Method of Estimating Load Capacity Dynamic Formula Static Analysis Static Pile Capacity Ultimate and allowable LOAD ON PILES Failure Mechanism Axial Capacity of Single Pile Field Investigation Methods Used for Pile Design: Static Axial Capacity Design Methods Pile design methods Factor of Safety Shaft Friction Dynamic and Statnamic Testing Methods Piles in Clay Piles in Sand Critical Depth true or false? Pile Testing Overview How a Pile is driven Failure Criteria Davisson Failure Criteria Osterberg cell Duration of loading Statnamic testing Commercial considerations Uplift test Pile Construction and Testing Installation of Piles Full Scale Load Tests Interpretation of Test Results The Fundamental Pile Driving Formula ENR Formula Load - Settlement Graph Osterberg Load Test Mechanism Statnamic Load Test Concept Case studies Piles Group Individual versus Block Failure Group Efficiency Full Scale Load Tests on Pile Groups in Sands Full Scale Load Tests on Pile Groups in Clays Pile Group Capacity in Sand Pile Group Capacity in Clay Settlement of Pile Groups in Sand Group Settlement Analysis Negative Skin Friction Single Pile and Pile Group Settlement Changes in Soil - Changes in Clays - Changes in Sands Imaginary Footing Method Elastic Analysis Methods Settlement of Individual Pile Analytical Approach Empirical Approach Settlement of Pile Group In sand and clay Equivalent pier method Numerical methods Consolidation Settlement of Group of piles in clay Numerical examples Wick Drains and Case Studies Pile Design workshop (Static approach) Screw Piles: Use and Design Instructor Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with Global Engineering , Edmonton , Alberta , Canada and adjunct professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. He has over 25 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas. Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction. Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics, and they are very well received by practitioners. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunnelling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction. Dr. Abdelaziz is a member in different professional societies such as APEGGA, PEO, CGS, CDA, TAC and ABPA. He is also a reviewer for the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
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1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs

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