Pile Design and Construction Rules of Thumb

Pile Design and Construction Rules of Thumb

1st Edition - February 22, 2008

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  • Author: Ruwan Rajapakse
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080559162
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750687638

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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.

Key Features

* Handy guide for engineers perparing for professional engineer (PE) exam.
* Numerous design examples for sandy soils, clay soils, and seismic loadings
* Methodologies and case studies for different pile types


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.

Table of Contents

  • PART 1: Shallow Foundations
    Chapter 1 Shallow Foundation Design
    Chapter 2 Consolidation Settlement
    Chapter 3 Settlement in Sandy Soils
    Chapter 4 Shallow Foundations in Rock
    Chapter 5 Mat Foundation Design
    PART 2: Deep Foundations:
    Chapter 6 Pile Foundation Design:
    Chapter 7 Design of Pile Groups
    Chapter 8 Pile Foundation Settlement
    Chapter 9 Negative Skin Friction Analysis
    Chapter 10 Seismic Analysis
    PART 3: Earth Retaining Structures:
    Chapter 11 Lateral Earth Pressure Computations
    Chapter 12 Gravity Walls
    Chapter 13 Gabion Walls
    Chapter 14 Cantilever Retaining Walls
    Chapter 15 Secant and Tangent Pile Walls
    Chapter 16 Soil Nails
    Chapter 17 Reinforced Earth Retaining Walls
    Chapter 18 Sheetpile Walls
    PART 4: Geotechnical Engineering Strategies:
    Chapter 19 Earth Stabilization
    Chapter 20 Excavation Support Design
    Chapter 21 Economic Considerations
    Appendix A: Design Tables

Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2008
  • Published: February 22, 2008
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080559162
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750687638

About the Author

Ruwan Rajapakse

Ruwan Rajapakse is presently a project manager for STV Incorporated, one of the most prominent design firms in New York City. He has extensive experience in design and construction of piles and other geotechnical engineering work. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in New York and New Jersey and a certified construction manager (CCM). He is currently an adjunct professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology conducting the graduate level geotechnical engineering course. He is the author of four books including Geotechnical Engineering Calculations and Rule of Thumb and Pile Design and Construction Rules of Thumb by Butterworth-Heinemann.

Affiliations and Expertise

Practicing Civil Engineer and Construction Manager, New York, NY, USA and New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA

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  • Hatem K. Sun Mar 08 2020

    pile design in sand soil

    excellent A review