Thursday, July 11, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Operator Training: This is How We Approach it

Joseph Giacin
Joe Giacin

Joe Giacin, Chief of Staff, International Union of Operating Engineers

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program the learner will:
1. Know of the Operating Engineers approach to State-of-the-Art Training and partnering with industry equipment manufacturers

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Working Platforms for Foundation Construction and Related Equipment in the United States

Matt Meyer
Matt Meyer

Matt Meyer, P.E., D.GE, Principal at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program, the learner will:

  1. Describe a working platform
  2. Describe the essential items as it relates to critical aspects of a functioning working platform
  3. Describe two components of the working platform design process

Outline: As many of the Owners, General Contractors, Specialty Foundation Contractors and Engineers are aware, a working platform provides stability for cranes and drilling equipment required to install deep foundation systems or ground improvement/modification systems. The intent of this presentation is to provide an introductory type presentation of the topic, some background on US practices and approaches, a few examples of working platforms and to increase awareness that proper evaluation, design, preparation and maintenance of the working platform is critical to the safe operation of cranes and drilling equipment.

Mr. Meyer, in addition to his position with the respective firm, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, is a member of the Industry Wide Working Platform Working Group, which consists of various participants from ADSC, DFI and PDCA.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Developing a Cost Comparison Guide for Steel and Concrete Retaining Wall Structures

Gerry McShane

Brian Heck

Richard Hartman
Dick Hartman

Dick Hartman, P.E., Owner and Principal Engineer, Hartman Engineering
Brian Heck, P.E., Vice President, Goettle Geotechnical Engineering & Construction
Gerry McShane, Director of Piling Sales, Service Steel Warehouse

Outline: Presentation will outline the selection of retaining wall types, geotechnical conditions adopted and forms of retaining wall height and support. The analysis methods will be explained. The basis for costing the solutions for two key areas of the US along with the results will be presented.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. POY Awards Luncheon / 2018 Project of the Year Spotlight

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
2018 Project Spotlight: Topsail Island Bridge Replacement

Jay Boyd

Jay Boyd, Operations Manager SE Region, Balfour Beatty

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
An Engineer’s Role in Mitigating Risk on Pile Driving Projects: An Operational and Legal Perspective

Rick Kalson
Rick Kalson

Alex Filotti
Alex Filotti

Alex Filotti, MBA, P.E., Risk Controller of Underpinning and Foundation, Skanska, Inc.
Rick Karlson, Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Outline: The presentation will reveal the very important and complex role of the engineer in mitigating the risks of pile driving projects.

On the operational side the risk mitigation role, cover multiple aspects such as proper design, comprehensive geotechnical site exploration, optimum pile selection considering the supply availability and driving knowhow of the area contractors, safety by design, incorporation of contractor knowledge in the design, clear and simple  driving criteria for the pile capacity and as build analysis.

On the legal perspective, the role of the engineer in risk mitigation is the writing of the project specifications, outlining of the scope of work, differing site conditions clause inclusion in the project specs, clear measurement and payment criteria, approving of the work, approving of change orders, etc.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Current Guidance and Code Issues Impacting Driven Pile Practice

Silas Nichols
Silas Nichols

Silas Nichols, P.E., Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Bridges and Structures

Outline: One of the unintended consequences of recent code changes for highway geotechnics is that reliability and uncertainty in design methods and construction quality assurance procedures for driven pile foundations have evolved in complex ways. This has required agencies like FHWA to evaluate the intent and effectiveness of standards and codes to ensure that driven pile foundations are constructed safely, cost-effectively, and equitably with respect to other foundation alternatives. This presentation will cover some of the issues that FHWA is currently working on, and how they may impact future driven pile work.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Pile Foundations Work on Design/Build Projects: Opportunities and Challenges

Panel:
Mohamad Hussein, P.E., Sr. Vice President, GRL Engineers
Juan Castellanos, P.E., Geotechnical Construction Engineer
Colin Jewsbury, P.E., Sr. Engineer, Ardaman & Assoc., Inc
TJ Lallathin, P.E., Vice President, DRMP, Inc.
Keith A. Waugh, Vice President, Leware Construction Co.

Mohamad Hussein
Mohamad Hussein

Juan Castellanos

Colin Jewsbury
Colin Jewsbury

TJ Lallathin
TJ Lallathin

Keith Waugh
Keith Waugh

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the tasks performed during the design and construction of foundations involving driven piles in DB projects
  2. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of DB projects

Outline: Design/build has become a popular method of contract work delivery. It has many advantages over conventional design-bid-build methods, but also some disadvantages when it comes to foundations work. For driven piles, design/build contracts provide opportunities for the engineer and contractor to be innovative and responsive to findings on site, but also challenges due to the nature of the uncertainty inherit in the geotechnical condition’s information. This panel discussion provides the points of view from the various angles of involvement, and includes structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, pile driving contractor, and owner (FDOT).

Friday, July 12, 2019

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
A 2700ft Quay Wall Becomes an Engineering Challenge for Pioneers

Stefan Mewes

Stefan Mewes, Dipl.-Ing (TU), Product Manager Pile Driving Equipment, Liebherr USA, Co.

Outline: Europe’s second largest seaport has installed a new combi-wall consisting of pipe piles, sheet piles and inclined shaft grouted piles to support it.

The Port of Antwerp’s location deep inland in Belgium provides more efficient transfer than most North Sea ports. Antwerp’s docks are connected to the hinterland by road and rail, as well as rivers and canals. As a result, the Port of Antwerp has become one of Europe’s largest seaports.

The new Liebherr piling rig type LRH 600 with swinging leader was used to drive shaft grouted piles into a very dense soil layer of sand with glauconite. The 195-foot Liebherr swinging leader was suspended at an inclination of 45° via a suspension frame and suspension ropes from the Liebherr crawler crane LR 1600, as carrier machine.

This inclined installation of shaft grouted piles via freely hanging swinging leader, as used for this project, is unique in Belgium. Moreover, the pile length of 140 feet is a novelty for this type of pile.

Shaft grouted piles or MV piles consist of a traditional steel profile with a separate box-like pile shoe with an open top. A separate injection pipe is welded to the flanges. The steel HEM pile is driven to depth using a free-fall hammer. A thin grout is injected via an injection pipe during driving and emerges just above the pile shoe. As the pile is driven further down so compressing the ground, the space above the pile foot is immediately filled with grout under pressure. This piling system is ideally suited for the transfer of high tensile loadings. It is a method to increase geotechnical load-bearing capacity and to reduce negative skin friction during pile driving.

Jan De Nul Group has successfully completed the pile installation and the project. Thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, the company was able to manage and execute this large-scale project within the scheduled time.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Compressive Axial Load Test of Piles – Standards and Methods

Alex Filotti
Alex Filotti

Alex Filotti, MBA, P.E., Risk Controller of Underpinning and Foundation, Skanska, Inc.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify and enumerate the types of piles compressive load tests.
  2. Describe the means and method of applying different types of pile compressive tests.
  3. Know to interpret the results of different type of tests.

Outline: The standards and means and methods of axial testing of piles will presented. Also, an interpretation of the results each type of test and how they relate to the pile axial compressive capacity will be discussed.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pile Driving on the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project

Carl Knott
Carl Knott

Michael W. Byerly, P.E., Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 5 Geotechnical Materials Engineer
Carl W. Knott, P.E., HNTB Corporation, Foundation Engineer
Construction Oversight Services (COS), I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project

Outline: Presentation by Michael W. Byerly, P.E., FDOT District 5 Geotechnical Materials Engineer, and Carl W. Knott, P.E., COS Foundation Engineer, introducing the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project – the $2.32 billion, Public Private Partnership (P3) that is transforming 21-miles of Central Florida’s most vital corridor. Topics of discussion will include project and geotechnical related information, pile driving activities and equipment, variability in subsurface conditions, and the utilization of soil-setup per the FDOT Specifications.