• Workshop A: Accounting for Installation Effects in Pile Design
  • Workshop B: Development of Meaningful Specifications for Foundation Testing and Monitoring
  • Workshop C: Effective Collaboration between Geotechnical and Structural Engineers
  • Workshop D: Application of Piling Techniques for Australian Conditions

Mid Conference Workshop: 29th November 2010

7.00am – 10.00am Workshop A: Accounting for Installation Effects in Pile Design

Pile design is commonly carried out from geotechnical site investigations. More often than not, the effects of installation of the piles are not taken into account. This workshop will highlight how piles behave for various pile types and geotechnical conditions. Construction practices and associated quality issues that influence pile performance will be presented. The aim of the workshop is to bring an awareness of what a pile designer needs to know in designing different piling systems for various soil conditions

Learning objectives:

  • Effect of method of pile installation
  • Effects of pile setup on pile design

About your expert tutor:

Slav Techepak
Chief Engineer

Slav has served 10 years with the Country Road Board as a Geotechnical Engineer with the Foundation Investigations Section. Slav then worked for a total period of 17 years at the Group Design and Development Engineer and Manager. Slav Joined Vibropile in 1999 as the Group Technical Manager in Melbourne and is currently the Chief Engineer based in their Sydney office. He has authored a number of technical papers that have been published in various national and international publications and has presented formal technical lectures on pile design, pile testing and contract administration in a number of Universities within Australia and a technical forum internationally.

Mid Conference Workshop: 30th November 2010

5.00pm – 8.00pm Workshop B: Development of Meaningful Specifications for Foundation Testing and Monitoring


With any project that requires piling and deep foundations it is critical to ensure there is quality foundation test carried out. Geological and geotechnical aspects of the ground conditions will determine the type of pile and pile technology used throughout the project so it is imperative the right methods are adopted for quality and cost control. This workshop will explore the various methods and techniques used for testing and monitoring the foundations to ensure a quality assessment can be made resulting in a smooth project and solid foundation.

Learning objectives:

  • Review of the available methods for foundation testing and monitoring
  • Highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each technique
  • Template suggestions for specifications for recognising the capabilities and limitations of each technique

About your expert tutor:

Julian Seidel
Technical Director

Dr. Seidel has had 28 years working as a professional geotechnical engineer, specializing in all aspects of deep foundations. Throughout his time he has been employed as a senior engineer with general and specialist geotechnical and foundation engineering consultants, a government road authority, a specialist deep foundation contractor, and at university as a lecturer and researcher. As a result of his wide experience, Dr. Seidel is uniquely placed to appreciate all aspects of the commissioning, design, installation and testing of structural foundations. He provides expert advice on projects in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Post Conference Workshops: 1st December 2010

9.00am – 12.00pm Workshop C: Effective Collaboration between Geotechnical and Structural Engineers


Building solid foundations is imperative to any project and it is essential that the structural engineers and geotechnical engineers work collaboratively throughout the process. A breakdown in communication can result in a misinterpretation of information and subsequently result in reduced quality and incorrect piling methods adopted for specific ground conditions. This workshop will outline the roles of structural and geotechnical engineers within the piling process and how to ensure all design and measurements match for a smooth, quality end product.

Learning objectives:

  • Outlining the fundamental aspects of strong working relationships
  • What are the implications for miss-interpretation of information
  • Defining the role of the structural engineer within the piling process
  • Defining the role of the geotechnical engineer within the piling process
  • Summary of findings and conclusion for effective collaboration

About your expert tutors:

Dr. Peter Mitchell
Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer
and Jeff Booker, Principal, ARUP

1.00pm – 4.00pm Workshop D: Application of Piling Techniques for Australian Conditions


Today different piling and installation techniques are available to carry out deep foundations for all kind of structures. This workshop will explore the piling techniques that are commonly available in Australia today, and how to choose the best pile type to suit particular structures and ground conditions. After attending this workshop you will have a broad understanding of the most suitable deep foundation systems for Australian conditions.

Learning objectives:

  • Driven preformed piling techniques and methodologies
  • Bored pile foundation techniques and methodologies
  • Screwed displacement pile techniques and methodologies
  • Continuous flight auger pile techniques and methodologies

About your expert tutor:

Martin Larisch
Project Manager

Martin has been involved in the Piling and Foundation Industry for almost 10 years. He manages the technical, design and tendering aspects of projects and processes as well as contractual and site related tasks for a wide range of piling and foundation systems.