13_HWKTTE 4004c - pile capacity Current Florida Practice...

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3 be equally or more accurate than the most widely used methods (i.e. PDA, CAPWAP). In addition, the suggested method allows the users to determine the pile capacities instantly as the piles are driven, saving construction time. Because all the calculations for the suggested method are performed automatically, a technician with a high level of expertise is not required.
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4 CHAPTER 2 REVIEW OF FLORIDA PILE DRIVING PRACTICE In this chapter, the pile driving practice in Florida will be presented. Because the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) uses a large percentage of driven piles versus the private industry, the information presented herein is based on their recommendations. It is the author’s intention to present the current driving practice together with a discussion of the most relevant changes throughout the years. This discussion is focussed on aspects such as bearing requirements, and methods to determine
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Unformatted text preview: pile capacity. Current Florida Practice The information presented is in relation to the current Florida practice, which was obtained from the FDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction of 1999. For more details, the reader is referred to the latest FDOT specifications. Bearing Requirements As a general criterion the engineer in charge of the driving process may accept a driven pile if it has achieved the minimum penetration, the blow count has a tendency to increase and the minimum bearing capacity is obtained for 600 mm of consecutive driving. The engineer may also accept a driven pile if the minimum penetration was reached and the driving has achieved practical refusal in firm strata. Aspects such as...
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course TTE 4004c taught by Professor Hass during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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