May 2021 Speakers Presentation

  • 05/12/2021
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom Online

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4:00 PM (1.0 PDH)

Fundamentals of Vibration Monitoring

Presented by Mr. Seth Bernard with Geo Instruments

BIO: Seth Bernard is a Project Manager at Geo-Instruments. Seth worked with Geo-Instruments from 2008-2015 as Production Manager in the Rhode Island headquarters. He rejoined the team in June of 2020 as Project Manager in Little Elm, Texas. Seth has a BA in Business Management from New England Institute of Technology and combined with seven years of geotechnical instrumentation manufacturing experience, he will help grow the Texas office to position GeoInstruments to fully serve the industry in the large region of the southwest

ABSTRACT: This presentation will cover a brief history of why we perform vibration monitoring, fundamentals of manual vibration monitoring, and benefits of automated vibration monitoring, followed by an overview of automated technology and its capabilities.

5:00 PM (1.0 PDH)

Nondestructive Testing of Deep Foundations

Presented by Mr. Farid Moradi, P.E., Ph.D. with FPrimeC Solutions, Inc.

BIO:  Farid Moradi is the co-founder, director and chief NDT engineer at FPrimeC Solutions Inc. Mr. Moradi is a licensed professional engineer in CANADA. He received his PhD from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in 2014; where he worked on developing innovative NDT methods for the inspection of mass concrete elements. Mr. Moradi commenced his entrepreneurial journey with his old friend and colleague (Mr. Hamed Layssi) in 2015. Since then he has been actively participating in many inspection projects, including bridges, energy plants, oil and gas facilities, wind-turbine farms, dams, and buildings. His expertise is to design and develop customized NDT solutions for condition assessment of concrete structures, mass concrete elements and deep foundations.

ABSTRACT:  The construction of deep foundations has significantly evolved over the past few decades; piles can be built better than before and soil’s behaviour can be more accurately predicted. However, there are still complicated job sites. Certain construction practices might result in unintentional defects in drilled shafts. Deep foundations are designed to transmit the superstructure load to the strong substrate soil and rock layers through friction and end-bearing at the bedrock. This effective load transmission is only possible if there are no major integrity problems in concrete piles such as defects that may cause significant damage or collapse of the structure. This is why it is important to validate the integrity of deep foundations before building a structure on top using nondestructive testing (NDT) methods. This presentation includes introduction to NDT methods for integrity evaluation of foundations (in general) and deep foundations (in particular). Case studies and some experience will be discussed.

Members and nonmembers are invited to attend our monthly speaker presentations. Members of Foundation Performance Association will receive a PDH Certificate of Training for speakers attended.