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Understanding pile design

One- and two-day courses on understanding pile design

Pile design has changed significantly over recent years as researchers have gained a better understanding of pile-soil interaction. This course brings practicing engineers up-to-speed with the modern pile design techniques. Geocentrix has developed both one- and two-day courses for in-house and public delivery to structural and geotechnical engineers.

Dates in 2007 for one-day public courses

  • Newcastle - 12th April - held
  • Birmingham - 17th May - held
  • Glasgow - 8th June - held
  • Belfast - 29th June - held
  • London - 13th September - held

Course now available for in-house delivery

Now that our 2007 season of public courses is over, this course is now available for in-house delivery at your offices (either in one-day or two-day format). Please contact Jenny Bond at Geocentrix for further details.

Speakers

The Understanding Pile Design courses are jointly presented by Andrew Harris and Dr Andrew Bond. Want to know what previous delegates thought about our courses? Click here.

How to book

Please contact Jenny Bond at Geocentrix to book a place on any of these courses or to enquire about in-house training. Click here to download our brochure and booking form and credit card payment form.


Course outline (one-day)

  • Introduction
  • Design of single piles
    • Modern understanding of single pile behaviour
    • Load capacity of single piles
    • Movement of single piles
    • Workshop - single pile design
    • Site investigation for pile design
  • Design of pile groups
    • Modern understanding of pile group behaviour
    • Load capacity of pile groups
    • Movement of pile groups
    • Workshop - pile group design
    • Computer analysis of pile groups
    • Pile testing

Course outline (two-day)

  • Introduction (download to follow)
  • Pile selection
    • Displacement piles
    • Replacement piles
    • Specialist piles
    • Workshop - choosing the right pile type
  • Design of single piles
    • Modern understanding of single pile behaviour
    • End-bearing resistance
    • Shaft resistance
    • Transverse resistance
    • Pile settlement
    • Transverse deflection
    • Implications of Eurocode 7 on pile design
    • Workshop - single pile design
  • Site investigation for pile design
    • Site investigation for piling
    • Workshop - site investigation for piled foundations
  • Pile testing
    • Proof load tests
    • Ultimate load tests
    • Integrity testing
    • Workshop - pile design from static load tests
  • Design of pile groups
    • Modern understanding of pile group behaviour
    • Pile interaction
    • Influence of pile cap
    • Workshop - traditional pile group design
  • Computer analysis of pile groups
    • Review of pile design programs
    • Introduction to Repute
    • Workshop - bridge pier

Speakers

Mr Andrew Harris (Geomantix)
MSc DIC MICE CEng FGS

...is co-author of BSI's Guide to the Structural Eurocodes for students of structural design and a frequent speaker on Eurocode 7 at the IStructE. He was formerly Associate Dean at Kingston University, responsible for delivering educational courses to civil and geotechnical engineers; and manager of CL Associates. Andrew has over 25 years experience in design of foundations.

Dr Andrew Bond (Geocentrix)
MA MSc PhD DIC MICE CEng

...is a UK delegate on the Eurocode 7 commitee, a former member of UK's National Strategy Committee, and co-author of BSI's Guide to the Structural Eurocodes for students of structural design. Andrew has over 25 years experience in research and design of foundations. In November 2006, he ran a two-day Decoding Eurocode 7 course on behalf of the Singapore Building Construction Authority.

Feedback from past delegates

"Very useful guide to pile design"

"A good taster on [the] state of the art on the subject"

"Up to date, pitched well, and very useful"

"Very useful and informative"

 

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