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Free Webinar - Installation, Verification and Application of Driven Piles

May 17, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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S&ME, Inc.,
6190 Enterprise Court
Dublin, OH 43016

  • Offered for free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
  • Seating is limited to the first 25 people
  • Bring your own lunch


Purpose and Background

Many engineers are forced to use deep foundations due to prevailing poor soil conditions. One deep foundation alternative is the driven pile. Driven piles are long slender structural members of steel, concrete or timber that can be inspected prior to installation and which are installed generally by impacts of a large pile driving hammer. Unfortunately many engineers are unfamiliar with driven piles, or do not use them to their full advantage. This webinar will provide engineers with a practical overview of the pile types, installation equipment and issues involved in deep foundations using driven piles. It will focus on how the available methods commonly used to estimate capacity impact the costs of a project, compare designs using Allowable Stress Design (ASD) with Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD), and introduce concepts to further reduce foundation costs and optimize the foundation design. The instructor will illustrate this with several actual projects that demonstrate the cost effectiveness of driven piles and discuss difficult conditions where driven piles offer the best alternative for the foundation.

Learning Outcomes

This webinar will demonstrate the available pile types and installation equipment, help you understand how the selection process of capacity verification method impacts the foundation costs, and demonstrate how testing results in lower overall foundation costs while at the same time reducing risks. Participants will also learn applications where driven piles are ideally suited.

Webinar Benefits

  • Understand the options of pile types and installation equipment available
  • Learn how capacity estimating methods impact ASD and LRFD
  • Learn the benefits of "setup" and applying higher loads
  • Find out how driven piles solve difficult foundations needs
  • Find out how to improve reliability in foundations at lower cost


Intended Audience

Both private and public sector engineers who design or specify deep foundations will benefit from this webinar.

Webinar Outline

  • Pile types and installation equipment
  • Overall design process
  • Review of methods of capacity estimation
  • Safety factor concepts, designs by ASD and LRFD
  • Typical installation criteria and installation control
  • Setup and relaxation, with examples of application
  • Applying higher loads, reduced support costs
  • Effects on the soil due to pile driving (soil improvement)
  • Conservative nature of driven piles
  • Value of the blow count log
  • Pile lengths adapt to site variability
  • Rapid construction
  • Marine and environmentally difficult sites
  • Seismic and lateral load benefits


See the ASCE website for more info.

The Central Ohio Section of ASCE sponsors free continuing education webinars as a service to our members. These webinars are produced by ASCE and normally cost $250 or $300 for ASCE members. However, the Central Ohio Section is paying the registration fee and inviting any interested section members to attend for free. Just RSVP by the deadline. Seating is limited, so do not delay.

The Central Ohio Section is partnering with ASCE to promote live and on-demand webinars. Use the Promo Code WEBCENOHSEC when signing up and ASCE will provide a portion of the registration fee to the Section to use toward more free webinars. Thank you for your support!

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