> Het maximum aantal deelnemers is bereikt <

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 :
     Full registration

  € 215 / 172*
  € 10

  Non members :
     Full registration, including DFI membership until end 2022
     Full registration, including DFI and KIVI membership until end 2022 
     Students, including DFI and KIVI membership until end 2022

  € 325 / 260*
  € 450 / 360*
  € 30

* 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 (congres@kivi.nl).  Sponsor packages from € 250 to € 1500.

Location and Access
Prinsessegracht 23
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)

The link to the seminar homepage can be found here.

   Gold sponsors:                                                                                Silver sponsor