13th International Workshop on Micropiles
Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 29 to April 1, 2017

October 15, 2016, Hawthorne NJ:

The International Society for Micropiles (ISM), ADSC and DFI are hosting the 13th International Workshop on Micropiles in Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 29 to April 1, 2017. The theme of the workshop is Micropiles: Resisting and Remediating the Effects of Mother Nature, focusing on the application of micropiles to resist and remediate extreme events, geohazards, and other natural forces, such as wind, water and soil movement. The workshop includes 2.5 days of lecture, discussion and panel sessions on all aspects of micropile technology, supplemented with social events that highlight the culture of the host country.

The 9th Lizzi Lecture is being delivered by John Wolosick, P.E., D.GE, director of engineering at Hayward Baker and president of DFI. Wolosick’s paper, “Loading Effects on Battered Micropiles: Are Most Pile Caps Designed Correctly?” will be co-authored by Robert F. Scott, Jr., P.E., of Hayward Baker.The award of this lecture recognizes Wolosick’s important and significant contributions to ISM and the growth of micropile technology. The Lizzi Lecture was created in 2003 in honor of Dr. Fernando Lizzi, who is regarded as the visionary leader of the ISM and the inventor of the “pali radice” or original “root pile” foundation system.

The second World Cup of Micropiles is also being presented at the workshop. This is an international competition to select the best micropile project in the world. Submissions are encouraged from North America, South and Central America, Europe, Africa and Central Asia (Russia, Middle East and India) and Australasia. The deadline is December 31, 2016.

Defending World Cup Champions (2014), Crux Subsurface, is serving as the host sponsor for the workshop, and the organizing committee is led by Nick Salisbury, Crux’s president. The technical program committee comprises a multi-national group of ISM delegates chaired by Dan MacLean, P.Eng.

The 7th Lizzi Scholarship will also be awarded, and an application form can be downloaded at Applications are invited from graduate students studying in the field of micropiles. Applicants must reside in Canada, be enrolled in graduate studies, and be either proposing to conduct or currently conducting research on micropiles. The scholarship award consists of financial reimbursement of travel and accommodations expenses for attendance at the workshop, waiver of registration fees for the workshop and a selection of micropile publications. Applications are due December 1, 2016.

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