IFCEE 2015
Short Courses (PDHs Available)
Tuesday, March 17   8:00am-5:00pm

Five one-day and one half-day concurrent courses will focus on a wide range of topics and will be offered Tuesday, March 17th. Short Courses provide an excellent opportunity to brush up on familiar subjects or to gain knowledge on new concepts from instructors who are recognized as leading experts in their fields. Courses begin promptly at 8:00am and conclude by 5:00pm. Professional Development Hours for participation and completion of the Short Courses will be available. Be sure to register early as each course has limited seating. *Short Courses are sold individually, and separately from Full Registration

Full Day Sessions

SC1   In Situ Testing and Deep Foundation Design                       

Course Synopsis: This session will cover deep foundation design subjected to static loading on the basis of in situ testing, specifically SPT, CPT, and PMT. It will include single piles and pile groups under vertical and horizontal loads but will not include non-destructive testing of bored piles and pile driving. Many worked out examples will be presented.

Instructor: Jean-Louis Briaud, Professor and Holder of the Buchanan Chair, Zachry Dpt. of Civil engineering, Texas A&M University, and Distinguished Member of ASCE.

A copy of Professor Briaud’s 2013 book: “Geotechnical Engineering: Unsaturated and Saturated Soils” is included in the cost of the short course.

SC2 Cost-Effective Driven-Pile Design

Course Synopsis: This course will present innovative, practical, and pragmatic approaches to cost-effective driven-pile design, testing, and installation.  Cost-effectiveness is an important component of good driven-pile design, an attribute all the more important to recognize and incorporate considering the significant construction dollars involved.  The session will cover the concept of foundation support cost as a tool to compare the cost-effectiveness of viable design and testing alternatives.  A rigorous approach to selecting appropriate allowable pile loads based on structure support requirements (load matching) will be presented.  The economic contribution of soil/pile set-up will be addressed, as well as effective ways to characterize and incorporate set-up into design and installation (depth-variable driving criteria).  Various construction-control/field testing methods will be discussed, along with their potential costs and value-added benefits to both the geotechnical and structural aspects of driven-pile design.  All topics will be illustrated with real-world case histories and cost evaluations. 

Instructor(s): Van E. Komurka, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, President, Wagner Komurka Geotechnical Group, Inc.; Garland E. Likins, M.S., P.E., President, Pile Dynamics, Inc.

SC3 Managing Safety from Design to Construction

Course Synopsis: This safety course will provide a basic overview of how Safety is integrated into the various stages of a deep foundation construction project from the design stage to the actual installation of the foundation or earth retention elements from a specialty subcontractor’s perspective. Areas that will be addressed will be: Design for Safety for Deep Foundations and Earth Retention; Insurance and Risk Management Basics; Overview of Existing Safety Standards that Govern Our Industry; and Basic Safety for Large Diameter Holes and Pile Driving Equipment. This training program, taught by experienced Safety Managers and Insurance Risk Control Specialists working in the Deep Foundation Industry is aimed at those individuals who will play a part in the successful completion of a project be it from a design or installation process.

Instructor(s): Colin Perkins, Corporate Safety Director, Condon Johnson & Associates, Inc.; Michael Blanchard, CSP, ARM, ALCM

Regional Safety Manager, Hayward-Baker, Inc.; Gregory L. Lewis, Corporate Safety Director, Moretrench and Richard Marshall, CHST, Safety Director, Richard Goettle, Inc. 

SC4 Deep Foundations QA/QC for Engineers, Contractors, and Inspectors

Course Synopsis: Quality Assurance and Quality Control are important and integral parts to the success of deep foundations projects.  Design, construction, testing, and inspection constitute the four main components and interactively contribute to the process.  This full-day short course includes presentations on the various QA/QC methods for driven piles, drilled shafts and auger-cast piles.  Also presented will be discussions on deep foundations design principles, installation methods and equipment, important inspection aspects, and different testing methods' applications, advantages and disadvantages.

Instructor(s): Michael Justason, P.Eng., McMaster University/Bermingham Foundation Solutions; Mohamad Hussein, P.E., GRL Engineers, Inc., Past-Chairman ASCE Geo-Institute's Deep Foundations Committee and PDCA Education Committee

SC5 Using the Compaction Grouting Consensus Guide (ASCE/G-I 53-10)

Course Synopsis: This is a practical course focused on concepts essential to effective compaction grouting. The basics of compaction grouting, including materials, equipment, design, and application will be addressed and demonstrated with case histories.  The theoretical basis for compaction grouting will be covered together with applications using the guidance outlined in the Compaction Grouting Consensus Guide.  The content of the Guide will be reviewed with an eye toward practical application.  Additional discussions of other applications of the technology of Limited Mobility Grouting will also be presented.

Instructor(s):   Joe Harris, Regional Vice President, Hayward Baker, Inc.; Michael Miluski, P.E., D.GE., F. ASCE, Compaction Grouting Services, Michael Byle, P.E., Tetra Tech, Inc.

Half Day Session

SC6 LRFD Design and Construction of Deep Foundations Made Easy 

Course Synopsis: This interactive course addresses the practical application of Load Resistance Factor Design principles for driven and drilled deep foundations based on the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Bridge Design and Construction Specifications. The material presented represents good practice for all types of deep foundation projects, both public and private for all infrastructure projects and industries. 

Instructor: Jerry A. DiMaggio PE, D.GE, F.ASCE, Principal at Applied Research Associates, Alexandria, Virginia