Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2008

Posted January 14, 2008

Event January 28, 2008

Course: Pile Inspector's Short Course for Driven Piles

The GSE and the Pile Driving Contractor's Association (PDCA) is pleased to announce the one day course titled "Pile Inspector's Short Course for Driven Piles"

Course Outline:

  • The inspector's role
  • Driven pile concepts
  • Equipment overview, cranes, hammers, leads, etc.
  • Pile types
  • Test pile programs
  • Capacity determination, dynamic formulae, wave equation, PDA, static tests
  • Driving and 'acceptance' criteria - blow count, 'refusal', stroke and energy monitoring
  • Construction documents and records
  • Inspecting hammers and piles
  • Solving 'problems'

Mike Justason of Bermingham - Hamilton, ON
Michael Justason works as Product Manager at Bermingham Foundation Solutions, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His background includes a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering & Management and a Master's degree in Earthquake Engineering, both from McMaster University. Michael is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada, and is active on technical committees of the ASCE, ASTM, DFI, and other industry organizations. In the past ten years, Michael has performed over 400 Statnamic pile load tests in 13 countries. Notable projects include:

  • Taipei 101 - Taipei Financial Center, Taiwan (1999)
  • (currently the tallest building in the world)
  • Hanshin Expressway Reconstruction, Kobe, Japan (1995) (foundation testing for reconstruction after 1995 Earthquake)
  • Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt (1996/97) (reconstruction of famed Library of the ancient world)
  • Burj-Al-Arab Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1997) (tallest hotel in the world)
  • Eureka Tower Apartments, Melbourne, Australia (2001) (tallest apartment building in the world)

Since January 2002, Michael has been the lead engineer in the research and development of the Berminghammer Clean Diesel Pile Driving hammer, and other advancements in pile driving hammer technology, such as the automatic Energy Control System (ECS).
More recently Michael has been involved in the investigation and feasibility of installing heating and cooling systems in pile foundations and has visited the inventors of the technology in Austria and has visited numerous completed projects in Europe. Bermingham have successfully installed the first building in Canada to use this type of 'energy pile'.

Pat Hannigan of GRL (Pile Dynamic, Inc. - USA)
Patrick Hannigan is a Senior Engineer and the office manager for the Chicago, Illinois office of GRL Engineers, Inc. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1977, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1981. He is a registered Professional Engineer in 18 US states.
Mr Hannigan has been actively involved in the dynamic testing and analysis of deep foundations for the past 25 years. Noteworthy dynamic testing and analysis projects include the 10 mile long I-595 expressway in Ft Lauderdale, FL, the 5 mile long I-664 bridge and tunnel over Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA, the US-67 Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River in Alton, IL, Miller Park in Miwaukee, WI and the I-43, I-94, and I-794 Interchange in Milwaukee, WI.
Mr. Hannigan is also extensively involved in educational and training activities. He was the lead author for the 1996, 1998, and 2006 editions of the US Federal Highway Administration Manual "Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations". This manual is the FHWA's primary reference of recommended practice for driven pile foundations. The manual also servers as the text for National Highway Institute courses on driven pile foundations which he has taught over 75 times to state transportation departments.

Location: Royal Glenora Club (11160 River Valley Road)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, January 28, 2008
Cost: Before Janaury 12, 2008 (Students: $250, GSE Members: $300, Non-members: $330)
After January 12, 2008 (Students: $270, GSE Members: $350, Non-members: $380)

To Register please confirm your attendance by Wednesday January 23, 2008 by emailing Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and two binders with course material. You will be billed for the full registration fee if you cancel after January 23, 2008.


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9211 - 116 Street NW
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