Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2006

Posted Oct 18, 2006

Event Oct 18, 2006

Case History of Driven Steel Piles
Tony Ruban, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd.

A major petrochemical facility is currently under construction in the Fort McMurray area of Alberta. The foundation design for the facility comprised a combination of driven steel pipe and H-piles. During the piling program, problems were identified in one area of the site where H-piles had been driven. As a result, an evaluation was undertaken to identify the cause of the problems and whether this problem was widespread across the site.

This presentation presents an 'eye-opener' of the types of problems that can happen with driven steel piles. In many instances it is assumed that steel piles are robust and can withstand a significant amount of abuse, however, there are limits to everything.

About the speaker: Mr. Ruban is a senior geotechnical engineer with EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. He has undertaken a variety of projects across Alberta including major industrial sites, commercial developments, institutional projects, bridges, slope stability assessments and repairs. Mr. Ruban obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba in 1976 and a Master of Engineering in 1983 from the University of Alberta. He joined EBA in 1981 and has worked on projects across Alberta, British Columbia and extending into the Yukon and NWT.

Location: Royal Glenora Club (11160 River Valley Road)
Time: Lunch Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Cost: Students: $10, GSE Members: $15, Non-members: $20
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