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6th Edition

Pile Design and Construction Practice

ISBN 9781466592636
Published October 8, 2014 by CRC Press
608 Pages - 327 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written to Eurocode 7 and the UK National Annex

Updated to reflect the current usage of Eurocode 7, along with relevant parts of the British Standards, Pile Design and Construction Practice, Sixth Edition maintains the empirical correlations of the original—combining practical know how with scientific knowledge —and emphasizing relevant principles and applications of soil mechanics and design. Contractors, geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists responsible for designing and constructing piled foundations can find the most current types of pile, piling equipment, and relevant methods in this latest work. The book summarizes recent changes, including new codified design procedures addressing design parameters and partial safety factors. It also presents several examples, many based on actual problems.

Broad and Comprehensive In Its Coverage 

  • Contains material applicable to modern computational practice
  • Provides new sections on the construction of micropiles and CFA piles, pile-soil interaction, verification of pile materials, piling for integral bridge abutments, use of polymer stabilising fluids, and more
  • Includes calculations of the resistance of piles to compressive loads, pile groups under compressive loading, piled foundations for resisting uplift and lateral loading, and the structural design of piles and pile groups
  • Covers marine structures, durability of piled foundations, ground investigations, and pile testing
  • Addresses miscellaneous problems such as machinery foundations, underpinning, mining subsidence areas, geothermal piles, and unexploded ordnance

Pile Design and Construction Practice, Sixth Edition serves as a comprehensive guide for practicing geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists. This text also works as a resource for piling contractors and graduate students studying geotechnical engineering.

Table of Contents

General principles and practices

Function of piles


Calculations of load-carrying capacity

Dynamic piling formulae

Introduction of eurocodes and other standards

Responsibilities of employer and contractor


Types of pile

Classification of piles

Driven displacement piles

Driven and cast-in-place displacement piles

Replacement piles

Composite piles

Micropiles and minipiles

Pre-packed piles

Factors governing choice of type of pile


Piling equipment and methods

Equipment for driven piles

Equipment for installing driven and cast-in-place piles

Equipment for installing bored and cast-in-place piles

Procedure in pile installation

Constructing piles in groups


Calculating the resistance of piles to compressive loads

General considerations

Calculations for piles in fine-grained soils

Piles in coarse-grained soils

Piles in soils intermediate between sands and clays

Piles in layered fine- and coarse-grained soils

Settlement of the single pile at the applied load for piles in soil

Piles bearing on rock

Soil–pile interaction

Load and resistance factor design applied to pile design

Worked Examples


Pile groups under compressive loading

Group action in piled foundations

Pile groups in fine-grained soils

Pile groups in coarse-grained soils

Eurocode 7 recommendations for pile groups

Pile groups terminating in rock

Pile groups in filled ground

Effects on pile groups of installation methods

Precautions against heave effects in pile groups

Pile groups beneath basements

Optimisation of pile groups to reduce differential settlements in clay

Worked examples

Design of piled foundations to resist uplift and lateral loading

Occurrence of uplift and lateral loading

Uplift resistance of piles

Single vertical piles subjected to lateral loads

Lateral loads on raking piles

Lateral loads on groups of piles

Worked examples


Some aspects of the structural design of piles and pile groups

General design requirements

Designing reinforced concrete piles for lifting after fabrication

Designing piles to resist driving stresses

Effects on bending of piles below ground level

Design of axially loaded piles as columns

Lengthening piles

Bonding piles with caps and ground beams

Design of pile caps

Design of pile capping beams and connecting ground beams

Verification of pile materials


Piling for marine structures

Berthing structures and jetties

Fixed offshore platforms

Pile installations for marine structures

Worked Examples


Miscellaneous piling problems

Piling for machinery foundations

Piling for underpinning

Piling in mining subsidence areas

Piling in frozen ground

Piled foundations for bridges on land

Piled foundations for over-water bridges

Piled foundations in karst

Piled foundations in seismic regions

Geothermal piles

Use of piles to support slopes

Reuse of existing piled foundations

Unexploded ordnance


Durability of piled foundations


Durability and protection of timber piles

Durability and protection of concrete piles

Durability and protection of steel piles

Ground investigations, piling contracts, and pile testing

Piling contracts and specifications

Control of pile installation

Load testing of piles

Tests for the structural integrity of piles




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The late Michael Tomlinson was a pre-eminent structural, civil and geotechnical engineer in a career spanning over 60 years of contracting, designing and independent consultancy. He served on several British Standards committees and was the first recipient of the Skempton Gold Medal awarded by the British Geotechnical Society.

John Woodward has extensive experience of piling and ground engineering projects in the UK and overseas, recently as a consultant investigating piling and stability failures and as an adjudicator resolving contractual and technical disputes. He is also author of An Introduction to Geotechnical Processes (Taylor and Francis, 2005).


"If you work in the ground engineering sector then this is a must for your bookshelf. ... Now in its sixth edition, this book adheres (excuse the pun) to the guiding principles of the first… New material extends to the consideration of new codified design procedures such as Eurocodes, the use and development of larger more powerful pile installation equipment and new methods of analysis based on current innovation and research."
—Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, November 2015

"This is the standard of care, the ultimate, practical arbitrator."
—Donald A Bruce, Geosystems LP

"The book gives a comprehensive overview of the piling techniques in common use, their advantages and disadvantages. This information gives a sound basis for the selection of a given technique. Design of piles to Eurocode 7 is well described and all the general pile installation methods covered."
—Hilary Skinner, Donaldson Associates Ltd