American Society of Civil Engineers

Driven Pile Foundation in the Offshore Fields of Qatar: Installation Problems, Challenges, and Potential Solutions

by Waddah Akili, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, (Professor of Civil Engineering, (Retired), Principal, Geotechnical Engineering, 3222 Evergreen Rd. Ames, Iowa E-mail:
Section: Driven Piles, pp. 255-262, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Contemporary Topics in Deep Foundations
Abstract: This paper addresses discrepancies between design of driven steel pipe piles for offshore platforms in Qatar, the Arabian Gulf, and their "as-installed" ultimate capacities and safety factors. The paper evaluates "as-installed" ultimate capacities and safety factors and recommends remedial installation procedures when piles refuse before design penetration is achieved. This case history offers guidance for installation of future offshore structures in the Region, thus gaining an added margin of confidence regarding the ultimate capacity of installed piles.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Pile foundations
Middle East
Driven piles