Distance - Piled Foundations Design (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

Course 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. 

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.

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 an 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. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction.

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
Piled Foundations Design

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Course Materials

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