Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Seminar and Workshop - April 2018

When: 04/11/2018 - 04/13/2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport; 5555 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32812

The PDCA in collaboration with Pile Dynamics, Inc. will present the Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Course at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport at 5555 Hazeltine Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32812.  The program will be presented from Wednesday, April 11, 2018 through Friday, April 13, 2018.

The course will have 3 distinct segments.  Interested individuals can register for the one-day seminar - Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis; and/or the two-day workshop - High Strain Dynamic Foundation Testing; and/or the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test.  You may select any or all programs.


The One-Day Seminar on Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis will be presented on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  This seminar is designed for Geotechnical, structural and construction engineers; owners, contractors and other professionals involved in the design, construction and specification of deep foundations. 

  • This seminar is suitable for those new to the field of Foundation Testing and Analysis, and includes an overview of non-destructive testing methods (integrity and load testing) and their applications. 
  • It is suitable also for those specifying the testing to gain basic understanding for assessing the results presented in reports. 
  • This seminar is suitable for those needing an understanding of wave equation analysis methods. 
  • Those attending the Workshop that follows this Seminar are strongly encouraged to attend this review of wave equation background materials. 
Learning objectives:  At the end of the seminar, attendees will be able to:
  • Select an appropriate method of integrity assessment of deep foundations for a particular application.
  • Review reports of integrity and dynamic load testing of deep foundations conducted by others.
  • Run a basic wave equation analysis of pile driving.
The Two-Day High Strain Dynamic Foundation Testing Workshop will be presented on Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, 2018.  This workshop is designed for:
  • Users of the Pile Driving Analyzer® (PDA) system and CAPWAP® software interested in sharpening their skills.
  • Engineers, foundation testing professionals, students and professors already familiar with the basic concepts of deep foundation dynamic testing and analysis. 
  • Professionals who desire to have a basic understanding of the dynamic test results being presented to them. 
  • Those interested in taking the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test*       
At the end of the High Strain Dynamic Testing Workshop on Friday, April 13, 2018, participants may take a multiple choice Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test which will take less than 1-½ hours to complete. The test will cover the theory of Wave Mechanics, Case Method (PDA) equations, data quality assessment, data interpretation and basic CAPWAP analysis.  The test is designed for those with experience in using the Pile Driving Analyzer® system and CAPWAP to perform High Strain Dynamic Foundation Tests. The best preparation for the test is work experience following an initial PDA training. The workshop will refresh the participant's theoretical background and be a reminder of some important points.  Those taking the test are advised to study   "Appendix A" and "Helpful Hints" of the PDA manual, review some of the EXAMPLE data provided with the PDA, and read the CAPWAP background material.  These materials are supplied with PDA purchases.  Those without access to the manuals and examples should please contact in advance of the test date.  For more information about the Proficiency Test website:

CAPWAP/PDAS & GRLWEAP Workshop Materials: Attendees may either observe the lecture or optionally follow the examples along on their laptops. This optional use of the attendee's computer requires having a license of the CAPWAP/PDAS & GRLWEAP 2010 software installed on that computer.  You will receive the CAPWAP/PDAS & GRLWEAP temporary licenses the week prior of training.
Digital/ Hard copy of the Presentation:
·         All training material will be available digitally for download prior to the event.  It is suggested that attendees download this material to their laptop and bring their laptop, or print the training material and bring their own hard copy. A colored, 3 slide per page printout may be requested from PDCA up to two weeks prior to the seminar ($100 charge will apply).   Please contact PDCA at if you want PDCA to provide the hard copy.
·         Attendees are encouraged to use their own laptops for the GRLWEAP and CAPWAP® sessions; charging stations will be available.
A Certificate of Participation documenting the number of hours of instruction (PDH) will be provided. Check with your engineering board of registration for their continuing education requirements.


REFUND POLICY: Cancellations prior to three weeks before the event will receive a 50% refund.  Following this date, there will be no refunds, however name changes are permissible. There will be no transfer of funds to the next course permitted. Early Bird Registration ends Monday, March 12, 2018.