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William Mong Distinguished Lecture by Prof Richard Jardine, April 18, 2011
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Event Nature: Architecture & Engineering

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Some recent developments in the design and analysis of large driven piles

This talk reviews the research and debates that have led to substantial changes being made in 2008 to the international recommendations for assessing the axial capacities of large driven piles. The reasons for the conventional methods’ large scatter, strong skewing and significant biases are explored, with particular emphasis on piles driven in sand. Recent alternative frameworks are reviewed critically and conclusions are drawn regarding their practical application, including illustrative case histories such as the Sungai Perak Bridge in Malaysia. It is shown that new simple methods derived from the speaker’s research, and others, offer greatly improved physical models and substantially improved reliability. Comments are also made on driven pile behaviour in clay, predicting load-displacement behaviour and the effects of load cycling and pile age after driving.

Professor Richard Jardine took his three degrees at Imperial College London, where he joined the academic staff in 1984, becoming a full Professor in 1998. He is currently Head of Geotechnics and Professor of Geomechanics.

Professor Jardine has directed major research programmes covering offshore geotechnics, advanced soil characterisation, field instrumentation, geohazards and soft ground engineering. His recent research has included a major study of UK mudrocks, leading an investigation into climate change impact on permafrost and working with INP Grenoble in intensive experiments into pile ageing and cyclic loading behaviour. He has published around 200 papers and sits on several International Committees, including three ISSMGE TCs. He has been a visiting Professor in Singapore and Japan and is currently a Guest Professor at Zhejiang University, China.

Professor Jardine was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2001, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in 2002 and the City and Guilds Institute (CGI) in 2006. He has won a dozen National and International Prizes for his research, including an RAEng Medal Prize in 1998 and ICE Prizes for papers in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has consulted widely, including a range of major offshore and onshore projects and is an Associate of Geotechnical Consulting Group in London.

*All are welcome*

Date/Time18/04/2011 18:30-20:15
VenueWang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

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Registration is open from 04/03/2011 10:30(HKT) to 18/04/2011 18:30(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Some recent developments in the design and analysis of large driven piles


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