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From the technical, commercial, legislative and scientific perspective
With presentations by the client, contractor, Geotechnical engineer and regulatory authority
Organized by DFI Europe and KIVI Geotechnical Department
About the seminar
Pile load tests are not only to confirm bearing capacity but also a very effective risk management tool to reduce pile installation risks. Furthermore, recent research confirms that tests often lead to an optimization of the design and CO2 reduction. Therefore, DFI Europe and the Royal Institute of Engineers (KIVI) are organizing this seminar. It will provide new insights of static load tests in compression, tension and lateral loading as well as rapid and dynamic load tests. The subject will be covered from the perspective of the client, contractor, geotechnical engineer and regulatory authority from various European countries. Particular attention shall be paid to the latest development in instrumentation, the rules for testing, the interpretation including residual stresses after pile installation. The technical and economical benefits and risk reduction of pile load tests will be highlighted. Recent pile load test campaigns will be used to illustrate discussions.
09:00 – 09:15 Opening
Frank Haehnig, President DFI Europe
Patrick IJnsen, Vice President Geotechnical Department KIVI
Sikko Doornbos, Seminar Chair (Past President DFI Europe)
09:15 - 10:00 Aim of pile load tests and test campaign Rotterdam
Egbert van der Wal & Alfred Roubos, Port of Rotterdam
10:00 - 10:30 Instrumentation of piles
Monika De Vos, Belgian Building Research Institute
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Interpretation of Pile load tests – General
Ken Gavin, TU Delft
11:30 - 12:00 Interpretation of Pile load tests – Test campaigns Rotterdam & Delft
Kevin Duffy, TU Delft & Dirk de Lange, Deltares
12:00 - 12:45 Panel discussion on the national approaches of pile load tests and the view of clients, consultants and contractors
Pile load tests to validate or optimize the design or design based on tests ? Output for a specific project or national purpose ? Are tests on comparable sites allowed ? What if the test results are better or worse than expected ? ...
Moderator : Sikko Doornbos
Panel : Per Grud (Aarsleff Group), Maurice Bottiau (Franki Foundations Belgium), Jan Couck (Flemish Ministry of Public Works), Christian Moormann (University of Stuttgart), Egbert van der Wal (Port of Rotterdam), Flip Hoefsloot (Fugro), Bartho Admiraal (NVAF)
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:25 Lateral pile load tests
Christian Moormann, University of Stuttgart
14:25 - 15:05 Bi-directional pile load testing
Maarten Profittlich & Melvin England, Fugro Loadtest
15:05 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:10 Rapid and dynamic load testing
Patrick Bermingham, Berminghammer Construction
16:10 - 16:40 Influence of grout composition on shaft friction
Simon Van Dijk, Dutch Federation of Foundation Contractors (NVAF)
16:40 - 17:10 Seminar closing
Adriaan van Seters, Patrick IJnsen
17:10 - 19:00 Reception/Dinner (buffet)
Registration fees :
DFI or KIVI members :
Non members :
* the 3rd and subsequent persons of the same company enjoy a reduced rate
Please use the red button on the top right page to register.
Sponsoring and Exhibition
If you are interested in sponsoring the seminar or having a stand in the exhibition space, please contact Angelique van Tongeren (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sponsor packages from € 250 to € 1500.
Location and Access
2514 AP Den Haag (The Netherlands)
The KIVI building is a seven-minute walk from The Hague Central Station and is located across the Malieveld parking garage (Koningskade). The parking garage Museumkwartier (Korte Voorhout) is right around the corner.
We sincerely hope that we can hold this event in person. If necessary, we are prepared to switch to an online format with unchanged program, timing and registration fees.
Holiday Inn Express The Hague – Parliament :
located at 550 m from KIVI ; single room € 109/night
Park Hotel Den Haag :
located at 1.2 km from KIVI ; single room € 121.50/night
More information on Pile Load Testing Seminar (preferredreservations.nl)
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