Pile Design and Construction Rules of Thumb


  • Ruwan Rajapakse, PE, CCM, CCE, AVS, Practicing Civil Engineer and Construction Manager, New York, NY, USA
  • Ruwan Rajapakse, PE, CCM, CCE, AVS, Practicing Civil Engineer and Construction Manager, New York, NY, USA

All objects and structures transfer their load either directly or indirectly to the earth. The capacity of the earth to support such loads depends on the strength and stability of the supporting soil or rock materials. Pile foundations are the part of a structure used to carry and transfer the load of the structure to the bearing ground located at some depth below ground surface. There are many texts on pile foundations. Generally, these books are complicated and difficult to understand. Easy to use and understand, this book covers virtually every subject concerning pile design, featuring techniques that do not appear in other books on the subject. The book contains design methods with real life examples on pin piles, bater piles, concrete piles, steel piles, timber piles, auger cast piles, underpinning design, seismic pile design, negative skin friction and design of Bitumen coated piles for negative skin friction and many other subjects. The book is packed with design examples, case studies and after construction scenarios are presented for the reader's benefits. This book enables the reader to come away with a complete and comprehensive understanding of the issues related to the design, installation and construction of piles.
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Primary: Structural Design/Construction, Structural Engineering, Architectural/Architectural, Earthquake Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers Secondary Market: Engineers who are studying for the PE examination, architects, construction managers, geologists, graduate and undergraduate students and college professors.


Book information

  • Published: February 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8763-8

Table of Contents

PART 1: Shallow FoundationsChapter 1 Shallow Foundation DesignChapter 2 Consolidation SettlementChapter 3 Settlement in Sandy SoilsChapter 4 Shallow Foundations in RockChapter 5 Mat Foundation DesignPART 2: Deep Foundations:Chapter 6 Pile Foundation Design:Chapter 7 Design of Pile GroupsChapter 8 Pile Foundation SettlementChapter 9 Negative Skin Friction AnalysisChapter 10 Seismic AnalysisPART 3: Earth Retaining Structures:Chapter 11 Lateral Earth Pressure ComputationsChapter 12 Gravity WallsChapter 13 Gabion WallsChapter 14 Cantilever Retaining WallsChapter 15 Secant and Tangent Pile WallsChapter 16 Soil NailsChapter 17 Reinforced Earth Retaining WallsChapter 18 Sheetpile WallsPART 4: Geotechnical Engineering Strategies:Chapter 19 Earth StabilizationChapter 20 Excavation Support DesignChapter 21 Economic ConsiderationsAPPENDIX:Appendix A: Design Tables