SAICE Geotechnical Division is proud to present:
A two-day course on Design of Piles according to EA-Pfähle (EC7-1)
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, 23 – 24 October 2018
Address: Focus Rooms, The Core, 1st Floor, Corner Kikuyu & Leeuwkop Streets, Sunninghill

Presented by:
Prof. Christian Moormann
Prof. Day
Prof. Oliver Reul
Gavin Wardle

The handbook “Recommendations on Piling (EA-Pfähle)” was drafted by the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT e.V.) in 2007 and provides a complete and detailed overview of piling systems, their application and design. The design recommendations are based on Eurocode 7 and consider European construction codes such as DIN EN 1536 (Bored piles), DIN EN 12699 (Displacement piles) and DIN EN 14199 (Micropiles), where relevant.

SAICE Geotechnical Division is publishing a South African Edition of this excellent reference which is state of the art with regards to piling. The book will be ocially launched and explained during this 2-day workshop.

Topics will be presented by two international speakers, Prof. Moormann, from the University of Stuttgart, who was involved in various aspects of compiling this book and Prof. Reul, from the University of Kassel. Renowned presenters from South Africa, Prof. Day (University of Stellenbosch) and Mr. Wardle (Jones & Wagener), will contribute local experience.

All attendees of this workshop will receive a complimentary copy of the book (valued at R1 700-00) as part of their registration fee.Programme Outline

Tuesday 23 October 2018
Topic 1 – Introduction & Codes
Topic 2 – Pile Systems
Topic 3 – Design & Analysis
Topic 4 – Actions & Eects
Topic 5 – Capacity of Single Piles
Topic 6 – Stability Analyses

Wednesday 24 October 2018
Topic 7 & 8 – Pile Groups
Topic 9 – Static Pile Load Tests
Topic 10 – Latest Piling Research
Topic 11 & 12 – Quality Assurance & Integrity Testing
Topic 13 – Piles under Cyclic & Dynamic Actions

There will be a networking function, including a geotechnical themed rae, on the evening of Tuesday 23 October 2018.

Prof. Christian Moormann (University of Stuttgart)

Prof. Dr. Christian Moormann is a full professor for Soil and Rock Mechanics and head of the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Stuttgart since 2010. Christian graduated 1994 with a diploma in Civil Engineering from University of Hannover and received his doctorate (PhD) 2002 from Technical University of Darm-stadt. In 2009 he got his Habilitation (Venia legendi) on Soil and Rock Mechanics also from TU Darmstadt. He has more than 25 years experience in geotechnical consulting being involved as designer, publicly appointed expert and independent checking engineer in many major international projects. Since 2010 Prof. Moormann is managing director of Moormann Geotechnik Consult.

He is a Board Member of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT) and elected chairman of DGGT´s largest division ´Earthworks and Foundation Engineering´. Prof. Moormann is convenor of the German standards committee ´Pile Foundation´ and of the Working Group ´Piles´ of the DGGT, that elaborated the “Recommendations on Piling (EA-Pfähle)”.

Christian is also the convenor of the European committee SC7/PT4 currently drafting the new Eurocode 7, Part 3, including the section ´Pile Foundations´, after being already convenor of the European Evolution Group ´Pile Design´ since 2010. He is further part of the advisory council of the steering committee on ´Geotechnical Engineering´ of DIN (German Institute for Standardization) as well as a Member of its Standards Committees ´Geotechnical Design´, ´Safety for earth and geotechnical structures´, ´Soil investigation and field tests´, ´Geotechnical field measurements´, ´Earth Pressure´ and ´Piled Rafts´. Beside further associations Christian is also the German representative to ETC 3 (European Technical Committee ´Piles´) as well as to TC 206 ´Interactive Geotechnical Design´ and TC 212 ´Deep Foundations´ of ISSMGE.

Prof. Day (University of Stellenbosch)

Dr Peter Day is a geotechnical engineer with 40 years’ experience in geotechnical consulting. He is the retired chairman of Jones & Wagener and Adjunct Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. He has played a role in the writing of many codes and standards including SANS 1936 development on dolomite land), SANS 10160-5 (basis of geotechnical design and actions), the SAICE Lateral support code and the SAICE site investigation code of practice. He chairs the SABS technical committee on structural and geotechnical design standards. Peter is frequently appointed to act as a review consultant on major geotechnical projects or to carry out investigations into geotechnical problems on projects.

Prof. Oliver Reul (University of Kassel)

Prof. Reul graduated 1993 with a Diploma (equivalent to a Master degree) in Civil Engineering from Technical University (TU) Darmstadt. In 2000 he got his PhD degree also from TU Darmstadt with his thesis on “In-situ measurements and numerical studies on the bearing behaviour of piled rafts”. From 2000 to 2002 Prof. Reul was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Oshore Foundation Systems (COFS) at University of Western Australia where he continued his research on piled rafts in collaboration with Prof. Randolph. After his return to Germany, Prof. Reul joined the consulting engineering company CDM where he headed the Infrastructure/Geotechnics group of the Rhein-Main branch. From 2009 to 2012 he was Professor at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Since 2012 Prof. Reul heads the Department of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Kassel. Prof. Reul is accredited as a test engineer for geotechnical engineering and serves as a court surveyor for geotechnical and geothermal engineering.

Gavin Wardle (Jones and Wagener)

A Geotechnical Engineer who has worked both as a contractor in the geotechnical construction industry and from 1992 to date as a consulting design engineer with Jones & Wagener where he is currently the chairman. He obtained his BSc. (Civil) Eng. at Natal University in 1983 and MSc. at the University of Cape Town in 1986. He is a registered professional engineer with ECSA and a fellow of SAICE. He has served on the Committee for the Geotechnical Division of “The South African Institution of Civil Engineering” (SAICE) and in 2000 and 2001, was elected chairman for the Division. In recognition of his involvement and contribution to geotechnical engineering in South Africa he was awarded SA Geotechnical Gold Medal 2012, by the SAICE geotechnical division.

Sponsorship and Exhibition There are various sponsorship and exhibition options available for this course. Should you be interested, please send an email to

Course Secretariat
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Yolandé van den Berg
+27 (0)82 323 3910

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