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February 2015

APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch Dinner Meeting: Helical Piling

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact Jessica Leung, by email ([email protected]). Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm –     Registration and networking
7:00 – 7:30 pm –     Buffet Dinner
7:30 – 7:45 pm –     APEGBC Updates
7:45 – 8:45 pm –     Technical Presentation
8:45 – 9:00 pm –     Questions and Answers
Location: The Buffet At River Rock Casino, 8811 River Road, Richmond, BC
Presenter: Val Varga, M.Eng., P.Eng., CCCA - Vice President & Senior Engineer, CCI Group
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $40   for Members and Guests who pre-register online.
$35   for EIT's/GIT’s who pre-register online.
$30   for Student Members who pre-register online.
$45   for Anyone registering at the door (space permitting, cash only)

Note: The cost includes buffet dinner.
In this presentation, Mr. Varga will share some of his experiences in using helical piles to solve numerous typical engineering problems. Some of these uses may benefit not only geotechnical engineers, but most other fields such as structural, foundation, civil, mechanical, building envelope, and building science.
“Applications, Design, and Installation of Helical Piling”

Helical piles have been continuously used and improved for almost 200 years. They have been invented and used for the first time by Andrew Mitchell, an Irish architect (who was blind) to anchor and build lighthouses on sandy sea beaches, where the constant wave action and erosion of the shore would undermine any other type of foundation. He anchored and successfully built large lighthouses, docks, bridges and marine shore structures. Some of the original structures and helical piles, installed in the 1800’s, are still standing and in use today.

Helical piles have been used ever since, with an explosion of innovations, versatility, new uses and applications after about the 1980’s. Not surprisingly, even if originally used in Europe, the helical piles have been adopted and re-defined in North America.



In this presentation, Mr. Varga will share some of his experiences in using helical piles to solve numerous typical engineering problems. Some of these uses may benefit not only geotechnical engineers, but most other fields such as structural, foundation, civil, mechanical, building envelope, and building science.

In particular, the presentation will go over:

• Applications of the helical piles (sample typical projects),
• Conditions under which helical piles can be used or, otherwise, be rejected,
• Basic tools for assessing the structural bearing (or tension) capacity of helical piles,
• Occupational risks and hazards associated with helical piles installation, and
• Basic tools in calculating costs of helical piles.

The presentation is aimed toward general practicing engineers and geoscientists, as well as architects. It includes real example projects that the presenter has been involved with in his professional practice.

Speaker: Val Varga, M.Eng., P.Eng., CCCA - Vice President & Senior Engineer, CCI Group

Mr. Val Varga, P.Eng. is a Vancouver-trained civil engineer and Vice-President and Senior Engineer with CCI Group Inc. in Coquitlam. He studied Building Technology at BCIT, Civil Engineering at UBC, and obtained his Master Degree at BCIT.  Mr. Varga works as a senior consultant in repairing existing buildings. Part of his day-to-day engineering work consists of designing retrofits (repairs) of existing foundations, buildings, additions, tenant improvement, and building retrofits of various kinds.

Over the years, he used helical piles to solve project challenges, and acquired a personal interest in further studying and gaining more knowledge in calculating and designing helical piles for engineering applications. During this presentation, Mr. Varga will share with the audience interesting facts about the many uses, advantages, cost and time efficiency of using helical piles.

When he is not designing or installing helical piles, he is assisting clients and contractors solve building repair problems. Outside of all this, in his little spare time, he finds it relaxing to work and renovate houses.

To help us predict our catering needs, please register by Monday, February 23, 2015.  Due to space limitations, registrations will be limited to the first 40 online registrants.

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