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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Zenith Theatre & Convention Centre
Corner of Mcintosh Street & Railway Street , Sydney Chatswood NSW 2067


Our debut technical seminar will kick off with Piling, presented by Professor Harry Poulos, Keller Foundations and Wagstaff Piling!

Join us on 21st February to hear Professor Harry Poulos talk on the "Design Challenges for Piles to Support Tall Buildings" together with speakers from Wagstaff Piling and Keller who will talk about the challenges and achievements in the use of concrete piling in its many forms

A reminder that Institute Student Members can attend for FREE - Please bring your student card and proof enrolment ready for viewing (full-time students only).


CIA Members $75.00 CIA Student Members $0.00 Non-Members $95.00 CIA Retired $40.00 Piling & Foundation Specialists Federation Members $75.00 Australian Geomechanics Society Members $75.00


Professor Harry Poulos
Consultant - Coffey Geotechnical

Slav Tchepak
Technical & Design Director - Keller Foundations

Tom George
Engineering Manager - Wagstaff Piling


Design Challenges for Piles to Support Tall Buildings - Professor Harry Poulos, Coffey

Professor Harry Poulos started his professional geotechnical career as an academic at the University of Sydney in 1965, and became involved in research into the analysis and design of pile foundations. In 1989, he joined consulting firm, Coffey International, which he continues to be associated with to the present day.

Harry became involved in the design of foundations for very tall buildings in 1994 through his involvement with the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, a project in which he assisted the main foundation designers from the UK, Atkins.

Subsequently, Harry has participated in the design of foundations for a number of other projects in the Middle East and Asia, including the Emirates twin towers in Dubai, the Nakheel tower in Dubai, Dubai Towers in Qatar, the Entisar Tower in Dubai, the Diamond Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Incheon 151 Tower in South Korea, the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong.

The Life and Times of the Piling Contractor - Mr Slav Tchepak, Keller Foundations

This presentation by Keller will focus on various aspects of piling contracting, including concrete placement problems, specifications, integrity testing and current research activities. This presentation will also highlight and detail selected projects and examples to compliment technical content.

Driven Precast (Displacement) , Bored, Screw and CFA Piling (A General Review) - Mr Tom George, Wagstaff Piling

Tom will go through each of the above piling techniques and discuss their advantages and disadvantages and look at their limitations/design risks, noting in particular the changes that have occurred to the piling techniques over recent years. Tom will then review methods of pile capacity verification to give designers and understanding of what they are certifying/specifying as codes are having trouble keeping up with the changes in the technology. 


5.00 pm Registrations Open
5.25 pm
Welcome and Introduction
5.30 pm
Presentations Commence
7.00 pm
Discussion and Question Time
7.15 pm
Drinks and light refreshments will be served
8.00 pm Close

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