Dr. Dan Brown, P.E.Â will be speaking at the 10th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations organized by The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC).Â The meeting will be held May 31st through June 2nd, 2006 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Â Dan will also serve as moderator for a session on monitoring and testing of deep foundations.Â Papers co-authored by the DBA team include a paper on base grouting of drilled shafts in the southeatern U.S.Â byÂ Dan, Dr. Steve Dapp, P.E. of DBA, and Mike Muchard, P.E. of Applied Foundation Testing, Inc.Â , and a paper on performance based specifications for continues flight auger (CFA) or augercast piles by Dan, Robert Thompson, P.E. of DBA, and Silas Nichols, P.E.Â with theÂ Geotechnical Engineering Section of FHWAÂ These papers will be available on this web site after the conference.
DBA is part of the design-build team that is the apparent successful proposer for the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America: the new Mississippi River Bridge connecting New Roads and St. Francisville, Louisiana.Â The bridge will formally be known as the John James Audubon Bridge and is the Louisiana DOTDâ€™s first design-build project.Â The team we are on is Audubon Bridge Constructors Joint Venture, a joint venture of Flatiron Construction, Granite Construction and Parsons Transportation Group.Â DBA will be the geotechnical engineer of record for the planned 8-foot diameter post-grouted drilled shafts that will support the main span towers and the high-level approaches.Â Â Work on the project is expected to start in April.Â We’ll post more information and links later as the project moves forward.
Dr .Dan Brown, P.E. and Dr. Bill Isenhower, P.E. of ENSOFT, Inc. will be conducting a two-day short course on Drilled Shaft Design, Construction and Testing. The course is the second in a series produced by ADSC and ENSOFT, Inc. The program will cover drilled shaft design, specifications, QA and QC testing, and recommended construction procedures. This course is modeled on the highly successful NHI course that has been provided to state DOTs and is based on the FHWA Drilled Shaft Design and Construction Manual developed by Dr. Michael Oâ€™Neill. The course is being sponsored by the ADSCâ€™s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Registration information can be found at www.adsc-iafd.com.