Pile driving on the west side approach of the W. R. Bennett bridge in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, June 2006
Available Resources

FHWA Releases GEC 12 – Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations

The FHWA recently released ‘GEC 12 – Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations’ (FHWA-NHI-16-009 and FHWA-NHI-16-010). A companion publication ‘Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations – Comprehensive Design Examples’ (FHWA-NHI-16-064) is also available. […]


Screen shot of new load test software from Deep Excavation, LLC
Software Updates

Exciting New Deep Foundation Design Software

Geotechnical software company, Deep Excavation, LLC has just announced a new software product for design of deep foundations. The product page for DeepFND notes that it brings together geotechnical design and structural design of deep […]


Typical pile driving analyzer or PDA setup
Articles

The Use of the Pile Driving Analyzer for Installing Pile Foundations

Typical pile driving analyzer or PDA setup

[Editor] The pile driving analyzer or PDA is used to measure the response of piles during driving. It was originally developed to analyze pile drivability, but is sometimes used as a substitute for pile static load tests to determine . Mr. Scott A. Barnhill, P.E., Executive Vice President of consulting firm GeoEnvironmental Resources, Inc. located in Virginia Beach, Virginia has seen PDA being used and misused over his 33-year career. In this article, Mr. Barnhill describes pitfalls in relying solely on the PDA for pile capacities, and also describes what PDA is good at and how it can be used successfully. [/Editor]

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