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.

Below the presentations of the speakers:

Aim of pile load tests and test campaign Rotterdam-Egbert van der Wal & Alfred Roubos (Port of Rotterdam)
Instrumentation of piles- Monika De Vos (Belgian Building Research Institute)
Interpretation of Pile load tests – General - Ken Gavin (TU Delft)
Interpretation of Pile load tests – Test campaigns Rotterdam & Delft- Kevin Duffy, TU Delft & Dirk de Lange (Deltares)
Lateral pile load tests - Christian Moormann (University of Stuttgart)
Bi-directional pile load testing - Maarten Profittlich & Melvin England (Fugro Loadtest)
Rapid and dynamic load testing - Patrick Bermingham (Berminghammer Construction)
Influence of grout composition on shaft friction - Simon Van Dijk (Dutch Federation of Foundation Contractors (NVAF))