VIGG Technical Presentation and Luncheon


SEABC Vancouver Island is organizing a combined event with the Vancouver Island Geotechnical Group.

This is a past event. Do not book a ticket unless you have been specifically instructed to do so by the event organiser.
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Topic:  Piling Technologies, Static Pile Testing, and Pile Load Definitions
Date:  Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Time:  12:00 to 12:30 pm – Luncheon, 12:30 to 1:45 pm – Technical Presentation
Venue:  Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) – Building 200, 4464 Markham Street.
Cost:  $25.00 at the door (cash or cheque)
Reserved for SEABC members:  20 – so book a ticket to reserve your spot

Speaker: Chris Vervaeke P.Eng. is the General Manager of StrucTec Geostructural Engineering and TerraCana Foundation Solutions Inc. He has 15 years of experience in engineering, project management, programming, and organizational development. Over the last 6 years his work has focused primarily on piling and shoring but has previous experience in building restoration, environmental containment, and property development. He has managed projects in Canada, USA, and New Zealand. Previous speaking engagements include, VGS, DFI, and University of Victoria, among others.

Content: TerraCana has nearly 30 years of experience of installing deep pile foundations and shoring in difficult circumstances in Western Canada. We pride ourselves in working with engineering teams and utilizing our project history to provide the most appropriate and cost effective foundation solutions for clients.

This presentation is focused on familiarizing engineers with the advantages, disadvantages, and common design errors we see in helical piles foundations and the use of helical piles as testing reactions. We cover excavator mounted piling technologies in difficult access circumstances as well as general and unusual use cases for other piling technologies such as large diameter and micropiling.

As a contractor that also provides some design build services, we see pile loads defined in a very wide variety of ways. We believe that this issue is largely invisible to the engineering community as each company works within its own silo. This portion of the presentation seeks to bring to light many of the different ways that loads are expressed to contractors, how they can cause confusion and asks what can be done about them.