Piled Foundations Design Workshop (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
11:00am MST - Session begins
2:00pm MST - Adjournment
This course is divided into four sessions. Each session will be 3 hours in duration. The sessions will be held on March 1, 2, 4 & 5.
If you are unable to attend any of the sessions a recording will be made available.

Pile foundations are the part of a structure used to carry and transfer the load of the structure to the bearing ground located at some depth below ground surface. The main components of the foundation are the pile cap and the piles. Piles are long and slender members which transfer the load to deeper soil or rock of high bearing capacity avoiding shallow soil of low bearing capacity.  Depending upon type of soil, pile material and load transmitting characteristic piles are classified accordingly. In this workshop participants will learn about, classifications, functions and pros and cons of piles design and construction.
This course provides participants with specific technical guidance on aspects of designing, installing, and   the construction of piled foundations.
The course addresses subsurface investigation, pile selection, economic analysis, static design analysis (single pile and pile group behavior under compression, tension and lateral loading, pile settlement, negative skin friction), dynamic driving formulas, wave equation analysis, dynamic testing), static methods of pile load testing. Application and interpretation of the wave equation and dynamic and static pile-load-testing methods are highlighted with an emphasis on the practical issues related to pile monitoring and acceptance on typical construction projects. Construction material includes pile capacity verification by formula; wave equation; dynamic test or static test; performance and interpretation of compression, tension, and lateral load test; load testing devices; the Osterberg Cell and Statnamic.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Implement a systematic plan for the design and construction of pile foundations
  • Select appropriate subsurface exploration procedures and laboratory tests to provide design soil parameters for pile foundation design
  • Choose the appropriate pile type in a given soil profile based on the advantages and disadvantages of common pile types
  • Use appropriate methods of pile foundation design in application subsurface conditions
  • Calculate single and group capacities of   piles to resist compression, tension, and lateral loads
  • Use time-dependent soil strength changes in pile foundation design and construction control
  • Identify the project influence and significance of pile driveability, pile refusal, and minimum and estimated pile toe elevations
  • Calculate allowable design and allowable driving stresses for common pile types
  • Explain the key differences between allowable stress design and load and resistance factor design methods
  • Determine the primary consolidation settlement of piled foundations on cohesive soils
  • Determine the settlement of piled foundations on cohesionless soils
  • Identify the format and minimum content in an adequate foundation report for driven pile foundations
  • Use dynamic formulas, wave equation analyses, dynamic pile testing and static load testing correctly and effectively
  • Explain appropriate methods of pile installation
Target Audience
The target audience for this course includes geotechnical engineers, bridge designers, , resident engineers and consultant review specialists. The course embraces both construction and design, Participants are expected to have passed an undergraduate course in soil mechanics and/or have successfully completed GIC course on Soils Engineering for Practical Applications. This course is intended for designer, field or laboratory personnel with a background in engineering.
This course is suitable for attendance by entry-level and experienced engineers and advanced-level technicians. In addition, structural, design, and construction engineers , project management and construction engineers in charge of pile-driving construction  are encouraged to attend. college and university faculty; and consultant engineers and geologists who are involved in pile  analysis, design and  construction, The course will be most beneficial to geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, foundation designers, project engineers, and highway/bridge engineers who are involved in the design and construction of foundations for surface transportation projects.

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.

Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed an analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction.

Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction.

Course outlines

Basic Concepts

  • Soil behaviour
  • Fine grain materials versus course grain materials
  • Effective stress concept
  • Consolidation and consolidation settlements
  • Shear strength in soils

Deep foundation introduction

  • Deep foundation versus shallow foundation
  • Types of Deep Foundations
  • Why Use a Deep Foundation?
  • Why Not Use a Pile Foundation?
  • Foundations Type Selection
  • Bearing Capacity 
  • Settlement
  • Load Capacity
  • Negative Skin Friction
  • Method of Estimating Load Capacity
  • Dynamic Formula
  • Static Analysis
  • Static Pile Capacity
  • Ultimate and allowable LOAD ON PILES
  • Failure Mechanism

Axial Capacity of Single Pile

  • Field Investigation Methods Used for Pile Design:
  • Static Axial Capacity Design Methods
  • Pile design methods
  • Factor of Safety
  • Shaft Friction
  • Dynamic and Statnamic
  • Testing Methods
  • Piles in Clay
  • Piles in Sand
  • Critical Depth true or false?

Pile Testing Overview

  • How a Pile is driven
  • Failure Criteria
  • Davisson Failure Criteria
  • Osterberg cell
  • Duration of loading
  • Statnamic testing
  • Commercial considerations
  • Uplift test


Laterally Loaded Piles


  • Lateral Load Capacity Based on Strength
  • Ultimate Lateral Resistance of Piles
  • Piles in Homogeneous Cohesive Soils
  • Piles in Cohesionless Soils
  • Lateral Load Capacity Based on Deflections
  • Linear Elastic Method
  • Free-Headed Piles
  • Fixed-Headed Piles
  • Nonlinear Methods
  • Stiffness Matrix Analysis Method
  • Lateral Pressure–Deflection (p–y) Method of Analysis
  • Synthesis of p–y Curves Based on Pile Instrumentation
  • Lateral Load Capacity of Pile Groups
  • Load and Resistance Factor Design for Laterally Loaded Piles
  • Effect of Pile Jetting on the Lateral Load Capacity
  • Effect of Preaugering on the Lateral Load Capacity

Pile Construction and Testing

  • Installation of Piles
  • Full Scale Load Tests
  • Interpretation of Test Results
  • The Fundamental Pile Driving Formula
  • ENR Formula
  • Load - Settlement Graph
  • Osterberg Load Test Mechanism
  • Statnamic Load Test Concept
  • Case studies

Piles Group 

  • Individual versus Block Failure
  • Group Efficiency
  • Full Scale Load Tests on Pile Groups in Sands
  • Full Scale Load Tests on Pile Groups in Clays
  • Pile Group Capacity in Sand
  • Pile Group Capacity in Clay
  • Settlement of Pile Groups in Sand
  • Group Settlement Analysis
  • Negative Skin Friction

Single Pile and Pile Group Settlement

  • Changes in Soil - Changes in Clays - Changes in Sands
  • Imaginary Footing Method
  • Elastic Analysis Methods
  • Settlement of Individual Pile
  • Analytical Approach
  • Empirical Approach
  • Settlement of Pile Group In sand and clay
  • Equivalent pier method
  • Numerical methods
  • Consolidation Settlement of Group of piles in clay
  • Numerical examples
Wick Drains and  Case Studies
Pile Design workshop (Static approach)
Screw Piles: Use and Design
Piled Foundations Design

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