Timber Piling Design and Construction Manual

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This manual has been developed by the Timber Piling Council as its official recommendation for Timber Piling Design and Construction.

Preface


All objects and structures transfer their load either directly or indirectly to the earth. The capacity of the earth to support such loads depends on the strength and stability of the supporting soil or rock materials. Not all foundation materials possess the required characteristics to carry imposed loads or to resist natural or man-made forces without resulting in damage to the structures they support. Consequently, the engineer is faced with the task of designing foundations to distribute high-intensity loads in a manner that can be supported by existing natural subgrade materials, and /or modifying those natural materials.

This design manual follows the design methodology presented in the Federal Highway Administration’s Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations (FHWA-HI-97-013). The information from this FHWA document has been condensed to focus solely on timber piles and has been supplemented to provide additional guidance with respect to the selection of timber pile structural properties required for design.

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Entire Timber Pile Design and Construction Manual
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Preface, Table of Contents and Chapter 1 which presents the scope of the manual.
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Chapter 2 provides an overview of the design and construction process for a timber pile foundation.
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Chapter 3 covers the selection of the strength properties of timber piles and considerations with respect to pile durability.
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Chapter 4 gives an overview of the static design process for timber piles.
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Chapter 5 presents five design methods to determine the static capacity of single piles in both cohesive and cohesionless soils.
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Chapter 6 covers the design of timber pile groups.
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Chapter 7 discusses design considerations for Marine applications.
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Chapter 8 discusses pile installation considerations.
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Chapter 9 covers static and pile load testing.
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Chapter 10 deals with quality assurance and quality control during timber pile installation.
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Chapter 11 provides a model specification for timber pile projects.
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Chapter 12 reviews the geotechnical considerations that are important in defining the site conditions (i.e., subsurface exploration program) and provide the design engineer with the necessary information to perform the foundation design with respect to the subsurface soils.
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References and Appendix A design examples
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