QA/QC Methods for Deep Foundations

Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Methods for Deep Foundations

Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Methods for Deep Foundations 


Dr. Hazem Sarhan*


Dynamic pile testing (high strain dynamic testing) and interpretation techniques

  • Capacity estimation
  • Hammer system performance
  • Pile driving stresses
  • Structural integrity
  • CAPWAP method
  • References in codes
  • Dynamic and static load tests correlations
  • Special considerations for pile capacity estimation
  • Case Histories

Low strain pile integrity testing

  • Test description
  • Advantages and limitations 
  • Sample results – good vs. defective piles
  • Case histories and correlation of PIT vs PIR

Cross-hole sonic logging testing

  • Testing technique
  • Typical results for uniform and defective piles
  • Defect resolution – SSL vs. CSL
  • Case histories

Thermal integrity profiling 

  • Thermal Integrity Profiling (TIP) Background
  • TIP testing configurations
  • TIP testing advantages
  • Case histories

Shaft quantitative inspection device [SQUID]


  • Quantitative assessment of bored pile’s base
  • Applications goal and use
  • Data collection, typical results and interpretation
  • Case histories 


(*) Dr. Hazem Sarhan, is a Projects Director with 20 years’ experience in projects in maritime, oil and gas, power generation, petrochemicals, industrial and liquefied natural gas plants. Dr. Sarhan graduated with Honors from Cairo University, earned his MSc. in Civil Engineering and commenced his career in the same University. He earned his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Houston, Texas. He worked in Bechtel Oil and Gas hub in Houston has exposed him to multitude of engineering and construction challenging assignments in North America, West Africa, Egypt and Trinidad & Tobago. Dr. Sarhan joined Artelia in 2007, where his experience has expanded in the maritime, ports, and oil and gas industries in the GCC countries managing projects in UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. Dr. Sarhan combines strong technical aptitude with a seasoned experience in design, construction and management of large, multidisciplinary and complex projects. He has a proven record of coordinating and motivating the efforts of diverse engineering teams to deliver solutions for challenging assignments.