American Society of Civil Engineers

Engineering Judgement in Determination of Pile Capacity by Dynamic Methods

by Mark R. Svinkin, M.ASCE, (VibraConsult, 13821 Cedar Road, #205, Cleveland, OH 44118-2376 E-mail:

pp. 898-914, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Deep Foundations 2002: An International Perspective on Theory, Design, Construction, and Performance
Abstract: The application of dynamic methods to driven piles has advantages in evaluation of the hammer-pile-soil system and in data acquisition during pile driving and restrikes. Therefore during the last twenty five years, dynamic methods have become an integral part of pile capacity prediction and measurement for numerous projects. Dynamic methods use good quality hardware and software, but such great tools cannot themselves solve geotechnical problems of piling without engineering judgement. This paper shows some engineering assessments of determining pile capacity by dynamic formulas, wave equation analysis and dynamic testing.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Driven piles
Deep foundations
Pile driving