Pile Design and Construction Practice

(24 student reviews)

Online course

50 hours / 6 weeks

Dates: 10th of June to 22nd of July

Registration period extended until 24th of June
Standard Unemployed Or Student
$313 $216

Introduction

Foundation piles are typically required when structural loads need to be transferred into deeper and stiffer soil or rock layers to accommodate adequate load settlement behavior. Piles can also be used for the construction of retention systems or shear keys to stabilize slopes.

This practical course introduces the most common piling techniques and provide the fundamentals of the geotechnical design and general construction aspects of the most common piling systems. The course focuses on practical aspects and provides a unique perspective on the influence of pile installation effects on pile performance. It also introduces the most common pile verification methods and their reliability.

Many aspects of the course content are based on the presenter’s practical experience of more than two decades of design and construction of deep foundations.

Objectives

The design and construction of piles as deep foundation elements to provide the safe transfer of structural loads into stiffer soil/ rock strata is discussed in detail in this course.

The thorough understanding of the existing ground conditions in combination with in-situ and laboratory testing is necessary to assess suitable design parameters for the project specific pile design. Installation techniques like soil displacement or non-soil displacement methods need to be considered during the selection process of suitable design parameters, too. Installation effects have an impact on the pile performance and hence need to be considered in the pile design.

This unique course will not only focus on state of practice pile design methods for axial, lateral and the group behaviour of piles embedded in different ground conditions, but also on the specific risks and opportunities for the most common piling techniques around the globe. In addition, suitable verification methods to assess the compliance of the piles with design assumptions and project specifications are introduced.

The presenter will share his professional and practical ‘hands-on’ knowledge of two decades of work experience in the field of pile design and construction. This course is designed to help practitioners, designers, researchers and students to gain a fundamental understanding of the most important aspects and concepts of the design, performance criteria, installation effects and construction risks as well as verification methods of the most common piling techniques around the globe.

This course is designed to provide a holistic understanding of the life cycle of a deep foundation project and importance to understand the dependency of design, construction, and verification processes on the final performance. Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Introduction of the life cycle of a typical piling project
  • What ground investigation, in-situ or laboratory testing methods are recommended for reliable pile designs
  • Discussion about the major risks and their mitigation related to pile design and construction
  • Design principles of single piles for axial and lateral loading and the design and construction of rock sockets
  • Discussion of risks specific to certain piling methodologies (e.g. bored piles, driven piles, helical piles, etc.)
  • Pile verification methods, what data they provide and what limitations should be considered

Limited places.

Week 1:

Introduction to piling and the life cycle of a typical piling project. Assessment of general risks required ground investigation and laboratory testing data to assess reliable pile design parameters.

  • – Project life cycle of a typical piling project
  • – Suitable and required site investigation and laboratory testing methods
  • – Basic requirements for drawings and specifications
  • – Principles of the assessment of piling rig bearing pressures and working platform design

Week 2:

Fundamentals of the axial design of single piles in fine-grained and granular ground conditions, including the basic principles of rock sockets design.

  • – Load transfer mechanism of axially loaded single piles
  • – Shaft friction of piles in fine grained and coarse-grained soil conditions
  • – End bearing of piles in fine grained and coarse-grained soil conditions
  • – Introduction to down drag (negative shaft friction)

Week 3:

Fundamentals of the lateral design of single piles in fine-grained and granular ground conditions, covering the most common limit equilibrium (e.g. Broms) and basic soil-structure interaction methods (e.g. p-y curves).

  • – Introduction to the limit equilibrium method
  • – Introduction to p-y curves

Week 4:

Construction methods of conventional bored piles and the effects of steel liners and drilling support fluids on the pile performance and discussion of the most common construction risks and their mitigation.

  • – Construction methods of bored piles with permanent or temporary steel liners
  • – Construction of bored piles under drilling support fluids (bentonite and polymer based fluids)
  • – Most common construction risks and defects related to bored piles
  • – Fundamentals of tremie concrete

Week 5:

Installation of driven piles, consideration of installation effects like ground heave, pile set-up and early refusal. Introduction of special pile types like CFA piles and Helical piles with their relevant design considerations and most common construction risks and mitigations.

  • – Introduction of driven piles and potential effects of pile driving (e.g. ground vibrations)
  • – Introduction to Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piles and their associated design and construction benefits, risks, applications and limitations
  • – Introduction to Screw piles or Helical Piles and their associated design and construction benefits, risks, applications and limitations

Week 6:

Introduction to pile verification methods (e.g. pile integrity testing, dynamic and static pile load testing methods), their application, risks and limitations.

  • – Verification of driven piles by applications of pile driving formulae (e.g. Hiley), the associated risks and limitations
  • – Dynamic pile load testing
    • – Fundamentals of PDA and CAPWAP
  • – Static pile load testing
  • – Pile integrity testing
    • – Low strain integrity testing
    • – Cross Hole Sonic Logging
    • – Thermal Integrity Profiling

 

Martin Larisch

Martin Larisch is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer at a leading global consulting firm and an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

He has been involved in piling, ground engineering and ground improvement for more than 20 years, having held technical and operational leadership positions for some of the leading global piling and ground engineering contracting and geotechnical consultancy firms.

Throughout his professional career (which he started as a carpenter in Germany) he has been involved in the design and delivery of a large number and variety of piling, ground improvement and deep basement projects across New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, North America and Germany.

Martin was involved in the implementation of a number of innovations for piling and ground improvement technologies and he has researched pile installation effects on pile performance for more than a decade.

He obtained his University Degree in Civil Engineering in Germany and has completed his PhD at the University of Queensland in Brisbane where he has also been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor since 2014.

Martin is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia and New Zealand and has published more than 30 technical papers for international journals and conferences. He has also been involved in the development of various good practice guidelines for tremie concrete, drilling support fluids and temporary working platforms in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.

The course is delivered online through our easy-to-use Virtual Campus platform. For this course, a variety of content is provided including:

– eLearning materials
– Videos
– Interactive multimedia content
– Live webinar classes
– Texts and technical articles
– Case studies
– Assignments and evaluation exercises

We regularly update this course to ensure the latest news and state-of-the-art developments are covered, and your knowledge of the subject is current.

Live webinars form part of our course delivery. These allow students and tutors to go through the course materials, exchange ideas and knowledge, and solve problems together in a virtual classroom setting. Students can also make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point to interact with tutors and other students.

The tutoring system is managed by email. Students can email the tutor with any questions about the course and the tutor will be happy to help.

Piling is one of the most fascinating discipline in civil engineering. The use of large specialist equipment to install piles up to 100 m or up to 3 m in diameter into challenging, sometimes soft collapsing or extremely strong rock formations makes this topic so challenging. Piling is often a ‘blind’ operation and the quality of the design, the skill of the construction crew and the correct application of the most suitable and reliable verification method are important aspects to design and construct piled foundations safely and according to the project requirements.

This course is suitable as a refresher for more experienced geotechnical and structural designers, researchers or general construction engineers, or as an introduction to piling for participants with limited or no experience in this area.

Course participants should be familiar with fundamental geotechnical and structural design principles but no experience in pile design and construction is required.

Microsoft Excel is suitable for the assignments.

Once a student finishes the course and successfully completes the assignments and evaluation tests, they are sent an accreditation certificate. The certificate is issued by Ingeoexpert to verify that the student has passed the course. It is a digital certificate that is unique and tamper-proof – it is protected by Blockchain technology. This means it is possible for anyone to check that it is an authentic, original document.

You will be able to download the certificate in an electronic format from the Virtual Campus platform. The certificate can be forwarded by email, shared on social networks, and embedded on websites. To see an example, click here.

Piling is required for a large number of projects, from high-rise buildings, to bridges, retaining walls and residential dwellings. The probability that every civil engineer has to deal with piles throughout the career is very high.

The course will provide engineers, consultants, technicians, researchers and students with the fundamentals of practical pile design and construction methods. This skill set is important to understand the basic principles of pile design, the requirements for site investigation and laboratory testing and the main construction risks for the most common piling techniques.

Introduction

Foundation piles are typically required when structural loads need to be transferred into deeper and stiffer soil or rock layers to accommodate adequate load settlement behavior. Piles can also be used for the construction of retention systems or shear keys to stabilize slopes.

This practical course introduces the most common piling techniques and provide the fundamentals of the geotechnical design and general construction aspects of the most common piling systems. The course focuses on practical aspects and provides a unique perspective on the influence of pile installation effects on pile performance. It also introduces the most common pile verification methods and their reliability.

Many aspects of the course content are based on the presenter’s practical experience of more than two decades of design and construction of deep foundations.

Objectives

The design and construction of piles as deep foundation elements to provide the safe transfer of structural loads into stiffer soil/ rock strata is discussed in detail in this course.

The thorough understanding of the existing ground conditions in combination with in-situ and laboratory testing is necessary to assess suitable design parameters for the project specific pile design. Installation techniques like soil displacement or non-soil displacement methods need to be considered during the selection process of suitable design parameters, too. Installation effects have an impact on the pile performance and hence need to be considered in the pile design.

This unique course will not only focus on state of practice pile design methods for axial, lateral and the group behaviour of piles embedded in different ground conditions, but also on the specific risks and opportunities for the most common piling techniques around the globe. In addition, suitable verification methods to assess the compliance of the piles with design assumptions and project specifications are introduced.

The presenter will share his professional and practical ‘hands-on’ knowledge of two decades of work experience in the field of pile design and construction. This course is designed to help practitioners, designers, researchers and students to gain a fundamental understanding of the most important aspects and concepts of the design, performance criteria, installation effects and construction risks as well as verification methods of the most common piling techniques around the globe.

This course is designed to provide a holistic understanding of the life cycle of a deep foundation project and importance to understand the dependency of design, construction, and verification processes on the final performance. Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Introduction of the life cycle of a typical piling project
  • What ground investigation, in-situ or laboratory testing methods are recommended for reliable pile designs
  • Discussion about the major risks and their mitigation related to pile design and construction
  • Design principles of single piles for axial and lateral loading and the design and construction of rock sockets
  • Discussion of risks specific to certain piling methodologies (e.g. bored piles, driven piles, helical piles, etc.)
  • Pile verification methods, what data they provide and what limitations should be considered

Limited places.

Read more

Week 1:

Introduction to piling and the life cycle of a typical piling project. Assessment of general risks required ground investigation and laboratory testing data to assess reliable pile design parameters.

  • – Project life cycle of a typical piling project
  • – Suitable and required site investigation and laboratory testing methods
  • – Basic requirements for drawings and specifications
  • – Principles of the assessment of piling rig bearing pressures and working platform design

Week 2:

Fundamentals of the axial design of single piles in fine-grained and granular ground conditions, including the basic principles of rock sockets design.

  • – Load transfer mechanism of axially loaded single piles
  • – Shaft friction of piles in fine grained and coarse-grained soil conditions
  • – End bearing of piles in fine grained and coarse-grained soil conditions
  • – Introduction to down drag (negative shaft friction)

Week 3:

Fundamentals of the lateral design of single piles in fine-grained and granular ground conditions, covering the most common limit equilibrium (e.g. Broms) and basic soil-structure interaction methods (e.g. p-y curves).

  • – Introduction to the limit equilibrium method
  • – Introduction to p-y curves

Week 4:

Construction methods of conventional bored piles and the effects of steel liners and drilling support fluids on the pile performance and discussion of the most common construction risks and their mitigation.

  • – Construction methods of bored piles with permanent or temporary steel liners
  • – Construction of bored piles under drilling support fluids (bentonite and polymer based fluids)
  • – Most common construction risks and defects related to bored piles
  • – Fundamentals of tremie concrete

Week 5:

Installation of driven piles, consideration of installation effects like ground heave, pile set-up and early refusal. Introduction of special pile types like CFA piles and Helical piles with their relevant design considerations and most common construction risks and mitigations.

  • – Introduction of driven piles and potential effects of pile driving (e.g. ground vibrations)
  • – Introduction to Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piles and their associated design and construction benefits, risks, applications and limitations
  • – Introduction to Screw piles or Helical Piles and their associated design and construction benefits, risks, applications and limitations

Week 6:

Introduction to pile verification methods (e.g. pile integrity testing, dynamic and static pile load testing methods), their application, risks and limitations.

  • – Verification of driven piles by applications of pile driving formulae (e.g. Hiley), the associated risks and limitations
  • – Dynamic pile load testing
    • – Fundamentals of PDA and CAPWAP
  • – Static pile load testing
  • – Pile integrity testing
    • – Low strain integrity testing
    • – Cross Hole Sonic Logging
    • – Thermal Integrity Profiling

 

Read more

Martin Larisch

Martin Larisch is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer at a leading global consulting firm and an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

He has been involved in piling, ground engineering and ground improvement for more than 20 years, having held technical and operational leadership positions for some of the leading global piling and ground engineering contracting and geotechnical consultancy firms.

Throughout his professional career (which he started as a carpenter in Germany) he has been involved in the design and delivery of a large number and variety of piling, ground improvement and deep basement projects across New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, North America and Germany.

Martin was involved in the implementation of a number of innovations for piling and ground improvement technologies and he has researched pile installation effects on pile performance for more than a decade.

He obtained his University Degree in Civil Engineering in Germany and has completed his PhD at the University of Queensland in Brisbane where he has also been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor since 2014.

Martin is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia and New Zealand and has published more than 30 technical papers for international journals and conferences. He has also been involved in the development of various good practice guidelines for tremie concrete, drilling support fluids and temporary working platforms in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.

Read more

The course is delivered online through our easy-to-use Virtual Campus platform. For this course, a variety of content is provided including:

– eLearning materials
– Videos
– Interactive multimedia content
– Live webinar classes
– Texts and technical articles
– Case studies
– Assignments and evaluation exercises

We regularly update this course to ensure the latest news and state-of-the-art developments are covered, and your knowledge of the subject is current.

Live webinars form part of our course delivery. These allow students and tutors to go through the course materials, exchange ideas and knowledge, and solve problems together in a virtual classroom setting. Students can also make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point to interact with tutors and other students.

The tutoring system is managed by email. Students can email the tutor with any questions about the course and the tutor will be happy to help.

Read more

Piling is one of the most fascinating discipline in civil engineering. The use of large specialist equipment to install piles up to 100 m or up to 3 m in diameter into challenging, sometimes soft collapsing or extremely strong rock formations makes this topic so challenging. Piling is often a ‘blind’ operation and the quality of the design, the skill of the construction crew and the correct application of the most suitable and reliable verification method are important aspects to design and construct piled foundations safely and according to the project requirements.

This course is suitable as a refresher for more experienced geotechnical and structural designers, researchers or general construction engineers, or as an introduction to piling for participants with limited or no experience in this area.

Course participants should be familiar with fundamental geotechnical and structural design principles but no experience in pile design and construction is required.

Microsoft Excel is suitable for the assignments.

Read more

Once a student finishes the course and successfully completes the assignments and evaluation tests, they are sent an accreditation certificate. The certificate is issued by Ingeoexpert to verify that the student has passed the course. It is a digital certificate that is unique and tamper-proof – it is protected by Blockchain technology. This means it is possible for anyone to check that it is an authentic, original document.

You will be able to download the certificate in an electronic format from the Virtual Campus platform. The certificate can be forwarded by email, shared on social networks, and embedded on websites. To see an example, click here.

Read more

Piling is required for a large number of projects, from high-rise buildings, to bridges, retaining walls and residential dwellings. The probability that every civil engineer has to deal with piles throughout the career is very high.

The course will provide engineers, consultants, technicians, researchers and students with the fundamentals of practical pile design and construction methods. This skill set is important to understand the basic principles of pile design, the requirements for site investigation and laboratory testing and the main construction risks for the most common piling techniques.

Read more

24 reviews for Pile Design and Construction Practice

  1. Ryan Halverson

    Great short course with some valuable insights, into the interactions of design and installation of foundation piles.
    I would recommend the course to geotechnical & structural engineers, who supervise the execution of foundation piles

  2. Chidochashe Clemency Nhema

    Great course on design and construction of piles. The course materials are straight forward, easy to follow and understand. I would recommend this course to both practitioners and graduate students.

  3. Michael Denteh

    Very good course content with demonstrated practical worked examples during webinar sessions

  4. David Sullivan

    It is great to see leaders in the industry doing their part to share their knowledge. I am impressed with the quality of the content for the piling course.

  5. Omer Sayed

    Genuinley informative course that covers a wide variety of piling solutions, very useful for Geotech/Struc Engineers. Very well structured and confidently delivered by Dr. Larisch. Considering the amount of information, I consider it great value for money.

  6. Edward Smith

    Martin was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, I particularly appreciated his discussions on pile construction and concreting and the impact of particular aspects on pile performance.

  7. Andrew Hellesoe

    Very Informative and well setup course.

  8. Mohammad Abu-Hassan

    Loved the course and the sequence of lectures. those lectures have surly widen my understanding and increased my interest in piling world.

  9. Craig Langsford

    Reading through the Ingeo Expert course reviews, a common theme is how good the professors are. Dr Martin Larisch has a great teaching style and I really appreciate the design approach he takes. This is a testament to his vast practical and theoretical knowledge of pile design and construction. Great course.

  10. Adil Khan

    Quite satisfied, the course turned out to be a lot more detailed than I anticipated.

  11. Sam Hawdon

    Martin’s presentations were clear and informative, and his passion for piling is evident in each presentation.

  12. Thivaharan Sivam

    It is a great course who doesn’t know about the piling and we can learned about all kind of pile installation.

  13. Olric Thomas

    Great course thanks Martin.

  14. Harmanpreet Dhanju

    Love the way course is structured and the modern platform. I am delighted by the way professors teach. That´s passion for a job!

  15. Nicholas Walker

    Thank you for providing the course, your deep knowledge and energy about the subject is fantastic.

  16. José de Oliveira Mello Junior

    The course was very objective and useful. It gave me the opportunity to understand the theory through good practical examples.

  17. Vedant Gosvami

    Pretty good informative course and easy access to all its contents. I liked the way it structured and made it available to download all the study materials including webinar power point slides.

  18. Esteban Muñoz Muñoz

    Excellent course. Prof. Larisch has a lot of knowledge from his extensive experience and a solid theory background. The topics are really interesting and the approach is both useful for design and construction. Totally recommended. If Professor Larisch offers additional courses on other topics, I will definitely take them.

  19. Rene Van Oosterom

    Very well structured to learn in your own time, webinars and supporting documents were very well run.

  20. Mohamed Saad

    Thanks it is a great course very useful.

  21. Wynyard Nathan-Mair

    Very useful, industry specific content, for a broad range of professionals with a wide range of experience

  22. Randall Divito

    Martin Larisch’s Pile Design & Construction course was a pleasure to attend as an update and refresher. He brought together a wealth of knowledge and information about this very diverse topic with an international perspective and presented it in a practical, effective and unified manner.

  23. Osman Baig

    A great course on pile design.

  24. Vitor Augusto De Lima

    The content was well-structured and easy to follow. The instructor’s enthusiasm for the subject matter was contagious! It kept me engaged throughout the entire course and motivated me to dive deeper into the topic. I really appreciated the practical exercises and real-world examples included in this course. They helped solidify my understanding of the concepts and apply them in a meaningful way. The instructor’s responsiveness to questions and feedback was impressive. It made me feel supported throughout my learning journey. Overall, this course exceeded my expectations. I feel more confident and knowledgeable about the subject matter, and I’m excited to continue applying what I’ve learned in my professional life.

    Thank you for creating such a comprehensive course!

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