Cost Effective High-Rise Foundation Design

Next Wednesday (March 10, 2010) I will be travelling to Pittsburgh to attend a talk presented jointly by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo Institute and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) Pittsburgh Sections.  The 2009 Terzaghi Lecturer, Mr. Clyde Baker, P.E., S.E. will be giving his talk: “Uncertain Geotechnical Truth and Cost Effective High-Rise Foundation Design.”  The following is text from the lecture announcement:

Uncertain geotechnical truth affects our ability to produce cost effective high rise foundation design.  Virtually no amount of subsurface exploration and laboratory testing can ever provide the complete geotechnical truth.  However, structural engineers and geotechnical engineers working as a team balance the available knowledge, including site geology and performance prediction history using in-situ empirically developed geotechnical parameters, with the level of acceptable risk and cost.  A brief history of the speaker’s Chicago experience and development with the Menard pressuremeter for in-situ testing is presented.  Advice to follow for best results is outlined together with case histories to illustrate: 1) Maximizing allowable bearing pressure; 2) Use of mixed foundation systems; 3) Use of highly stressed piles for settlement reduction; 4) Reuse of existing foundations; and 5) Construction surprises requiring remediation.

Mr. Baker has served as geotechnical engineer or consultant on eight of the twenty tallest buildings in the world including the four tallest in Chicago (Sears, Trump, Hancock, and Amoco) and the current four tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 101 Financial Center in Taipei, Taiwan, and Burj-Dubai (renamed Burj Khalifa following its inauguration) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Mr. Baker is a past Chairman of STS Consultants, Ltd., a 550 person consulting engineering firm, headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois which is now part of AECOM Technology Corporation.  He currently serves as Senior Principal Engineer at AECOM.

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This presentation is open to the public.  Reservations are required!!!  Information on times, location, and costs are below.

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time: 6:00pm Social, 7:00pm Dinner, 8:00pm Presentation

Location: Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Cost: $45 for members of ASCE/AEG Pittsburgh Section, $50 for non-members,                      $10 for student members

Entrees: Sun Dried Tomato Crusted Salmon, Chicken Marsala,                                                          Roasted Vegetable Ravioli


Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 3, 2010!!!


One response to “Cost Effective High-Rise Foundation Design

  1. The other good factor with these consultants usually they incorporate local knowledge and ideally try and understand the exact characteristics of the design you want from the plan, style and design, and the outcome or even complete project. — 1852 Century Place

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