FHWA-NHI-132078-Micropile Design and Construction


The primary goal of this course is to provide the target audience with guidance on when and where it is appropriate to use micropiles, and educate engineers about the state of the practice in the design and construction of micropiles. The course covers stepwise procedures for the design of micropiles for structural support and for slope stability applications. Construction, inspection and integrity-testing aspects and issues are discussed as well. Classroom presentations include exercises that will lead participants through the technical and cost feasibility aspects of structural support and slope stability design with micropiles. Each participant will receive a workbook and reference manual containing detailed micropile design examples for various applications.

FHWA-NHI-132012 Soils and Foundations course is a recommended prerequisite.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

·Briefly describe the history and current status of the micropile industry

·Identify potential micropile applications

·Explain construction constraints, techniques, and performance

·Assess feasibility of micropiles for a given application

·Prepare conceptual and basic designs, and evaluate contractor-submitted designs

·Select appropriate specification/contracting method(s) and prepare contract documents

·Describe construction monitoring and inspection requirements


This course is directed toward practicing geotechnical, foundation, construction and bridge/structural engineers who have knowledge and experience in the design and construction of driven piles and drilled shaft foundations. Engineers involved with the design and construction of structure foundations will all benefit from this training, which builds upon the basic concepts presented in NHI courses FHWA-NHI-132012, FHWA-NHI-132014, and FHWA-NHI-132021.

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