Legislation and Advocacy in Pile Driving Industry: Are you at the table or on the menu?
Marty Fiorentino; President of The Fiorentino Group
Outline: Becoming politically involved isn’t just good for the country, it can be good for your business. Failing to do so can put your company on the menu while others are at the table.
A Geotechnical Practitioner’s Case for a Foundation Design-Construction Continuum
Billy Camp, III, P.E., D.GE, Technical Principal/Vice President, S&ME
Outline: A substantial and critical component of geotechnical engineering is the management of uncertainty. Significant uncertainty exists even after a comprehensive site characterization has been performed. Additional uncertainty is introduced during analysis and design since our theories and methodologies are imperfect. Potential construction variables create further complications. The resulting uncertainty can only be reduced during construction, when actual performance can be evaluated and observed. In short, a geotechnical design is not “final” until construction is complete. Case histories and supporting research findings are used to explain why foundation design and construction should be continually linked.
Sheet Piling – Past, Present, and Future
Dick Hartman, P.E., Owner and Principal Engineer, Hartman Engineering
Outline: Sheet piling is a very versatile product. It is used in permanent structures such as bulkheads, mooring dolphins, bridge abutments, and subterranean parking garages. It also is used in temporary structures such as cofferdams and excavation shoring walls.
Steel Sheet piling has been available to us as a construction tool for slightly more than one hundred years. During that time, the product has undergone substantial changes. In addition, the design process has evolved as a consequence of research and the evolution of computer based computational methods.
The presentation will review where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to be in the future with both the product and design considerations.