Dr. Dan Brown and Dr. Steve Dapp will be presenting at the PDCA 10th Anniversary Annual Conference at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio in San Antonio, Texas March 2 â€“ 4, 2006.
Dan will be presenting â€œPile Set Up in Foundation Designâ€ on Friday the 3rd. Danâ€™s presentation will provide an overview of the fundamental mechanisms affecting the time-dependency of axial resistance in driven piles, and the effect of this phenomenon on design, quality control, and testing of driven pile foundations. Examples from the ongoing Escambia Bay Bridge project will be described, in which setup has been seen to vary considerably based on soil conditions. Dan will also be a panelist in a roundtable discussion â€œComparing Driven Pile Capacities With Drilled Shaft Capacitiesâ€ to be held later that afternoon.
On Saturday the 4th, Steve will present â€œStatic and Axial Capacity Between Drilled and Driven Pilesâ€. Steveâ€™s presentation will provide an overview of the effect of construction on deep foundation behavior and factors that affect performance. Issues of construction quality assurance and control, along with advantages and limitations of each foundation type will also be discussed.