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Understanding design

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Understanding pile design


The design of piled foundations has changed significantly over recent years as researchers have gained a better understanding of pile-soil interaction. This course brings practising engineers up-to-speed with the modern pile design techniques.

Course outline

  • Pile selection
  • Basis of pile design
  • Axially loaded piles
  • Pile groups and piled rafts
  • Laterally loaded piles
  • Execution and testing of piles


The 'Understanding pile design' courses requires no prior knowledge of pile design but does require a basic knowledge of geotechnical design.


Andrew Bond'Understanding Pile Design' is presented by Dr Andrew Bond (of Geocentrix).

Andrew is the Chair of BSI committee B/526 Geotechnics (since July 2023) and was past-Chair of CEN committee TC250/SC7 Geotechnical design (from 2010-2019). He played a key role in the development of the 2nd Generation Eurocode 7. Andrew has been a UK delegate on SC7 since 1997.

Online course

How to book:

  1. Register on the right for the individual lectures you want to atttend
  2. Visit our online shopping cart to make your payment for the course
  3. (Alternatively) Contact us with details for invoicing. Payment must be received prior to commencement of the course

In-house course

Please contact Jenny Bond at Geocentrix to arrange a course tailored to your needs.

Registration for online course

  • First date given for each lecture is confirmed
  • Subsequent dates are provisional
  • All dates are subject to change depending on demand
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Feedback on the Understanding Pile Design course from past delegates

"I found this to be a comprehensive course which was effectively delivered ... Absolutely a course I would recommend"

"Excellently structured and well delivered course which provided a deep dive into the mathematics surrounding pile design, and also provided good insight into the practical aspects. Having limited working experience of pile design, ... this course has really helped consolidate my existing mathematical knowledge but has also helped me develop an appreciation for pile selection, test selection and the various pros and cons of pile analysis techniques. The worked examples were hugely beneficial in consolidating content covered throughout the presentations and helped address gaps in my knowledge"

"The course is helpful for discipline Engineers who are working with design of deep foundation"


"Andrew was very engaging and helpful with questions asked"

"... there was a good balance between the more technical topics such as Axially Loaded Piles, and the more practical/site-based presentations such as Pile Selection"


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